Postal Exam 710
Study Guide: Yes!
Exam 710, primarily used to fill Data Conversion Operator jobs, consists of two major parts…Clerical Abilities and Verbal Abilities…which are in turn broken down into smaller sections as detailed below:
The first half of the exam, Clerical Abilities, consists of the following four timed sections:
- Sequencing: Each question in this section is a list of four names or codes in alphabetic and/or numeric order. You are given a fifth name or code, and told to find where this fifth name or code should alphabetically and/or numerically fit into the list. This may not sound too very difficult until you discover that they give you only 3 minutes to answer 20 questions. This means that you have only 9 seconds per question to find the answer and then mark it on your answer sheet. The speed required is incredible. Most people are lucky to finish half the questions the first time they try. Success on this section calls for extensive and realistic practice to master the skills and speed required.
- Comparison: Each question in this section is a list of three items (names, addresses, codes, etc.) that are either exactly alike or at least very similar. You are to compare the three items to see if they are exactly alike or if they are different in any way. Then you are to mark your answers as follows:
- A) If all three items are exactly alike.
- B) If only the first and second items are exactly alike.
- C) If only the first and third items are exactly alike.
- D) If only the second and third items are exactly alike.
- E) If all three items are different.
You’ve never experienced utter confusion until trying to answer the 30 questions in this section within the 5 minutes allowed. This means that you have only 10 seconds per question. The really confusing and time consuming part is having to refer back to the instructions again and again after looking at each question so you can figure out which answer choice to mark. As before, most people are lucky to finish about half the questions the first time they try. And again, success calls for extensive practice with up-to-date and authentic practice tests to master the skills and speed required.
- Spelling: In this section you are given 3 minutes to answer 20 questions, which is 9 seconds per question. Answer choices A, B, and C are possible ways to spell a particular word, and answer choice D is “None of the above”. Of course, the words they give you are the most difficult ones you can imagine. To succeed on this section, you need to (1) review basic spelling principles and (2) study a lengthy compilation of commonly misspelled words and words that do not follow normal spelling principles.
- Mathematics: In this section you have 8 minutes to solve 15 math problems, and you will wish that you had more than twice that much time. This is pure math…addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages, etc. You do it the old fashioned way with pencil and paper. No calculators are allowed! Success on this section calls for a refresher course on math principles and extensive realistic practice.
The second half of the exam, Verbal Abilities, you are given a single 50 minute period to answer 55 questions broken down into the following three sections.
- Following Written Instructions: The Postal Service claims that this section tests your ability to understand instructions similar to those you might receive on the job. However, we cannot believe that any sane human being would ever give you instructions as strange, convoluted, and confusing as the wording of these 20 questions. Plus, in order to answer a question correctly, you must accomplish three steps as outlined below:
- First you must create a preliminary answer based upon the wording of the question. The preliminary answer will be a letter and a number put together like this: T 5
- Then, you must look up the preliminary answer on a table provided on the exam to find its correlating answer choice (A, B, C, D, or E).
- Finally, you darken the proper answer choice (A, B, C, D, or E) on your answer sheet.
Many applicants fail this section completely because they never really understand how to find and mark the correct answer. Success on this section calls for extensive and realistic practice. Plus, you need detailed instructions to assure that you fully understand how to find and mark the answers.
- Grammar, Usage & Punctuation: In this section, there are 20 questions that deal with the proper use of grammar, words, and punctuation. Success calls for a refresher course on basic grammar, usage, and punctuation principles and extensive practice with up-to-date and authentic sample questions.
- Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension Section: The final section is really two smaller sections merged into one. It consists of two types of questions, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension, as detailed below.
- Vocabulary Questions For each Vocabulary question you are given a sentence with a particular word highlighted. Then, you are given a list of four words, and you are to choose which most nearly means the same as the highlighted word in the sentence. Success on this section calls for a refresher course on basic vocabulary principles.
- Reading Comprehension Questions: In each Reading Comprehension question you are given a paragraph to read. Then you are given four sentences that are related to the subject of the paragraph. You are to choose the sentence that best supports and summarizes the paragraph. Success on this section calls for extensive practice to train yourself to quickly scan paragraphs to determine their meaning and purpose.
Since there are so many different sections on this test, and since the sections are so different from each other, the elements needed for success were outlined as we discussed each section above. But the bottom line is the same for all Postal exams: Successful test preparation requires an effective study guide with realistic practice tests and, in this case, the needed reviews and refresher courses. And that’s exactly what is provided in our Postal Exam 710 Quick Course by bestselling author T. W. Parnell.
And here’s an interesting bit of trivia…To our knowledge, the only study guide available anywhere for exam 710 is our Postal Exam 710 Quick Course. To the best of our knowledge, no other author or publisher offers test prep materials for exam 710. You see, there is not tremendous demand for 710 study guides because this test is only offered at a few sites across the country. Frankly, most publishers don’t believe that there is enough demand to justify cost of creating a guide for this exam.
Pathfinder, however, enjoys great relationships with the various Postal labor unions. Based upon the success that their members had experienced with our other guides, several years ago the largest of these unions asked us to create a study guide for exam 710. We could hardly decline such a request, and in short order Pathfinder published the first version of the Postal Exam 710 Quick Course. Union members and applicants from the public have used this guide with great success ever since.