The Memory Strategies Guide should be used alongside the Memory Training Program for all applicants with an activated account

Introduction

During the Memory Section, you have 7 minutes to code 36 addresses, numbered 37 to 72. This is a continuation of the Coding Exercise as explained above, and will use the same Coding Guide. There are several techniques to assist you in the memory exercise:


Example Guide

Address Range Delivery Route
  • 178 - 2075 Mitchell Ln.
  • 100 - 750 Turnbull Rd
  • 1600 - 9000 Kizzler St.
A
  • 775 - 2000 Turnbull Rd.
  • 4050 - 7050 Elmer Pkwy.
B
  • 21513 - 29524 Allan St.
  • 1000 - 7049 Elmer Pkwy.
  • 9500 - 15000 Kizzler St.
C
All mail that does not fall in one of the address ranges listed above. D

Start Early

One of the most effective and simplest techniques is to start preparing for the memory section during the coding section. On most exams the memory section will be the same or very similar to the coding section. Therefore, there is a strategic benefit to begin memorizing & organizing during the coding section of the exam. For more information, visit our Coding Strategy guide.


Prioritize

Not all addresses are equally equal value for your memory on the exam. That's because three of the addresses are repeated. This means you get double the value of remembering the repeating addresses correctly than you do the two addresses that do not repeat. Always prioritize those addresses that repeat between different routes before memorizing the single route addresses.


Simplify Addresses

Not all information in the guide is necessary, and it's your job to "cut the fat" to simplify what you do have to remember. Start by simplifying the addresses. Never remember the street abbreviations. Whether it's a st or ln. it will only clutter your memory.

Second, cut down the address name itself into it's simplest phonetic form. For example, using the route list above:

Notice how this process simplifies the amount of syllables you have to remember for each address, in this case taking a three syllable address and converting it down to one. This is a key to improving memorization. Always remember the least amount of information, and in the memory section this requires remembering the least amount of syllables.


Simplify Numbers

Next we repeat the same process of simplification for remembering the numbers for each address. Often times we don't need to remember the entire number, but just enough to recognize it in the correct route and then it's split into different routes when necessary. We also find it's easier to organize by lowest to highest addresses and reorganize the routes accordingly. Now, let's complete our memory exercise for Elmer Pkwy started above:

This isn't perfection, and if you can remember higher number separators for more accuracy we recommend it. But it's a good way of simplifying two route codes and down to answer most questions correctly. Using this strategy across the entire route list can allow you to better memorize more addresses within the time constraints and therefore attain an overall higher score.


Use the Memory Training Program

With a full account you can access our Memory Training Program. It's not possible to go over in-depth Mnemonic Memory techniques without an active account because each technique is different and therefore must be scored for you. Since so much of advanced memory training is individualized, the score allows you to know which techniques improve your performance and which do not. On average, it can raise scores on the Memory Section by about 35-42% after all techniques have been attempted.


Learn from Others

Finally, USAPostalExam has been the most acclaimed Postal Exam training resource for years. Many users have posted videos, all on their own, of great training strategies for memory. We've viewed all of them and cultivated the best strategies here for you with appropriate credit to their wonderful work.

Paul @fpspaul 2m
Paul goes through the mistake he made in approaching the memory portion of the exam.

Sarah Paull @Sarah Paull 4m
Sarah's advice is great, and she really emphasizes great shortening strategies for the memory route list.

SusieVlogs @susievlogs 1m
Susie Vlogs explains her strategy for approaching the memory portion of the exam.

Jordan Ashbaugh @jordanashbaugh 3m
Jordan shows you exactly how he was able to score higher on the memory portion of the exam and attain a final exam score of 83.