Virtual Entry Assessment MC - (474) Postal Exam 474

Study Guide: Yes!

Postal exam 474, also called the Mail Carrier VEA exam, is one of the four new Virtual Entry Assessment tests launched in April 2019 to replace retired exam 473. Exam 474 is used to fill the below mail delivery jobs.

City Carrier
City Carrier Assistant 1
City Carrier Assistant 2
Casual City Carrier
Rural Carrier
Rural Carrier Associate
Assistant Rural Carrier

This self-administered exam lasts about 45 minutes and must be completed within 72 hours (3 days) of applying for a job. With so little time available after applying, advance test preparation is a must. The best plan is to get our guide and begin preparing before you apply for a job. But if you have already applied, all is not lost. Simply plan to take the exam toward the end of your 3 day period so you will have at least a couple of days before taking the test to prepare.

The top score is 100, and 70 is passing. It is imperative that you achieve the highest score possible for two reasons. You can only take this exam once every 12 months, so you must wait a year before you can take it again if you do not score high enough the first time. And only the top three applicants are invited for interviews, so you must have one of the top three scores for any chance at all. Your score is the key to getting a job. Effective test preparation is therefore the key to your success.

There are three sections on this exam – Work Scenarios, Tell Us Your Story, and Describe Your Approach – all of which consist of bizarre questions which are answered in a very odd fashion. It is not unusual for applicants to fail because they never really understand the questions or how to answer them. Preparation for this exam is critical so that you know exactly what to expect and so that you will not be blown away by its oddity – in essence, so you will not experience Test Anxiety.

Test Anxiety is a very real problem that causes applicants taking this type of exam to perform below their potential, to score poorly or fail. Test Anxiety can only be overcome by developing familiarity and comfort with exam content. That is one of the reasons our USPS Virtual Entry Assessment Test Prep Guide gives you such detailed information about the exam and such realistic practice test questions. By the time you complete this guide, you will know exactly what to expect. You will feel cool, calm, and confident when taking the exam and you will indeed achieve your highest possible score.

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