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Form Strategies


Introduction

It is remarkably easy to make errors when filling out the forms, simply due to the nature of constantly scrolling back and forth between the visual plane of the form and the question boxes. Here, we outline systems for approaching the form to simplify, hasten & improve your performance.


Always prioritize forms

The forms are shown one at a time, however, they can be done in any order. You only have fifteen minutes to answer 36 questions, so you should first reorganize the forms from simplest to most complex and answer the simple forms first. A complex form takes longer, and if you don't prioritize the simple forms first you may have to guess at easy answers if you begin running out of time.


Familiarize

Before actually looking at the questions, take a few seconds to look at the form. Notice the format, for instance, whether the numbered boxes run right to left or top to bottom. Are the numbered boxes in columns or rows? Make sure that you understand the general format of the form first. This will help you zero in on a particular area of the form when answering questions, instead of rereviewing the form in its entirety with each given question.


Chunk the Form

Once you've taken 10 seconds to familiarize yourself with the form it's time to digest its format. In general you can expect many forms to be comprised of separate sections, sometimes color coded with a grey background. Chunk the form and memorize the box array within each chunk. Looking at the form Pickup Service Statement, we can clearly see that there are four explicit chunks of information. Take a general sense of the information in each chunk and the box number range inside each. That way, if a question asks for a correct entry in Box 6 or Box 1d, you know where to look and save time on the questions.


Create a simple visual map

Once you understand the individual chunks you should be able to quickly visualize the form on a basic level. Don't worry about the actual entries, but visualize the type of person or information in each chunk and the range of boxes within it.


Process of elimination

There is no penalty for guessing in this section. If you are tight for time, make sure to answer the all of the questions. Moreover, if you are tight for time, you should be able to use a process of elimination. For instance, using the above strategy of 'Interpreting the Format', if a given question asks you which box the "customer" signs, and two of the four answers falls within a section that the Post Office completes, you know that these answers can't be correct. Therefore, even when guessing, you can quickly eliminate incorrect responses to boost your score.


Relax

One of the most important aspects of form completion is being relaxed on this section. It is easy to try to go too fast and miss correct answers. Make sure to take a deep breath and score high.

Jordan Ashbaugh @jordanashbaugh 1m
Jordan show a wonderful approach in staying calm and simplifying the forms on the form completion section. (Please note he is using the previous version of USAPostalExam, not the new 2.0 version).


Aim High

The difficulty in successful form completion is not that the section is hard, it's that successful applicants score high. Your goal on this section is not to simply pass, but to get a superior score. Successful applicants rarely score below 80 consistently on Form Completion and often score in the 87-95 range.