Realistic Simulation

The Postal Exam 473

The Postal Exam 473 Exam Trainer is a fully scored & complete simulation of the final proctored exam. The test simulation is presented in the correct exam format, timing and accurately scored. Using the simulation allows applicants to accurately understand both their potential exam performance and USPS employment chances.

Try trial exams before program registration.

The sample tests introduce you to the exam and question format, as well as the USAPostalExam system.

Address Checking Sample

Address Checking involves comparing a pair of addresses for errors. It's a simple exercise made difficult by subtle errors and the huge volume of pairs that must be answered in tight time constraints. Begin practicing this section of the postal service exam below.

Form Completion Sample

Form Completion involves quickly evaluating a common Postal Service form and a set of multiple choice questions based on it. The sample test has two forms, but there are usually five with 30 questions total. You have 5 minutes to complete the exercise.

Coding Section Sample

The Coding & Memory Sections of the exam are completed together. During the coding section applicants are presented with a route guide to check a list of addresses. The applicant must check the route list and compare it to the addresses listed.

Postal Exam 473 FAQ

What is the Postal Exam 473?

The Postal Exam 473 is the main testing requirement for 90% of the entry-level positions at the United States Postal Service. It is a test of personal characteristics and skill and not of prior knowledge. Scores on the exam will range between 0 and 100. A minimum score of 70 is required on the exam to be considered for most positions. However, scores are an integral component of the USPS hiring process and applicants will be ranked based on their scores. Higher scores are more likely to be hired than lower scores. Therefore, though a minimum score of 70 is required for employment consideration, actual employment likelihood will depend on how competitive an applicant's score is compared to other job applicants.

Do I qualify for the exam?

Writing the Postal Exam 473 requires the same qualifications as for USPS employment. You must be at least 18 years of age and a US Citizen. All applicants must also have basic proficiency in English and be willing to take a drug screening test. Additionally, males born after December 31st, 1959 must be registered with the selective service. Finally, all applicant's employment and military histories will be reviewed and a criminal background check will be conducted. A criminal record will not preclude an applicant from employment consideration if rehabilitation can be shown.

How do I schedule an exam?

Scheduling an exam is possible once you have formally applied for a position with the US Postal Service. Go to the Career services page on the USPS website and click the Create EProfile button. Complete the applicant information and employment history portions of the profile and apply for a position. After your application has been submitted you will be presented with a set of scheduling options nearby for completing the proctored portion of the exam and gain access to the web portal to complete the un-proctored assessment. You will then have 7 days to complete the assessment process, including the proctored and un-proctored portions of the exam.

What is on the Exam?

The exam is comprised of five sections. All sections are completed electronically on a computer and are split between proctored & unproctored testing. Proctored exams are done in-person, at a USPS monitored testing facility while the unproctored section can be done at home, unsupervised.

Exam Section

Section Subject

# of Questions

Time Allotted

Section I

Address Checking

Checking address pairs for errors in the zip code, address & city/state.

60 Questions

11 minutes

Section II

Form Completion

Answering questions based on 4-6 commonly used USPS forms & applications.

36 Questions

15 minutes

Section III


Allotting addresses in their correct routes based on a visible route list.

30 Questions

5 minutes

Section IV


Allotting addresses in correct routes based on memorized route list.

30 Questions

6 minutes