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Dos and Don’ts when Preparing for and Taking the USPS Battery Test

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Like anything and everything in life, there are things that you ought to do in certain situations and the same holds true when taking any of the postal exams of the United States Postal Service. Holding pride in its distinction as being the most extensive mail organization in the world, the USPS supports one of the most talented workforces in government. As a result, it’s a tough job trying to get in. The competition starts the moment you sign up and are scheduled for any of the US postal exams. It doesn’t matter whether you want to get postal jobs in Missouri, postal jobs in Maryland, or other US postal service employment opportunities in other parts of the country, they all require one thing: That you take a time-pressured postal test.

Since only those who are able to obtain high scores get the chance to advance in the hiring process, you need all the help you can get to ensure that you are one of those in the top ranks. To help you get there, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when preparing for and taking the USPS 473-e exams and other postal tests.

The Dos:

  1. Do prepare for the test. Whether you take the 473-e or the postal exam 955 or any other postal test, what’s important is that you prepare for it about a month or so in advance. That means even before lodging your application. When we say prepare, do research on what the test is about, what the sections are and the time limits given for each part. Try to get feedback from what others who took the test before are saying about the test. The more you know about these things, the better prepared you will be.
  2. Do make use of free US postal practice exams. There are many free practice test especially for the test 473-c which you can find online. By trying out samples of what the test questions are you have a clearer idea of what the test is going to be about it removes the “surprise factor” which can be detrimental to your score.
  3. Do relax. Being too uptight about your exam can be detrimental to your score.

The Don’ts:

  1. Don’t spend too long on one question. The postal exam 473 is a highly-time pressured exam. The best way to attack it is to answer the questions you are sure of by going as fast as you can. Don’t guess as points get deducted from your correct answers, especially in Parts A and C of the battery 473-e test.
  2. Don’t lose focus. Concentrate on the questions and make sure that your eyes do not go to the next question when you’re still in the processing of answering another one.
  3. Don’t think that it’s the end of the world. If you don’t make it at the first try and you really want a USPS job, don’t lose hope. You can always try again.


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