How often can I take or retake the Post Office exam?

You can only take the four new tests that are now used to fill over 90% of all jobs either once every two years or once a year depending upon your score the first time around. You must wait two years if you pass but do not get the top score needed to get a job. If you fail, you must wait one year. The four new tests are exams 474, 475, 476 & 477.

As with all Postal exams, your score is the key to getting a job. The highest possible score on all four of these tests is 100. If you really want a job, you must score a 100 or as close as you can get to it. That is where we come in. Our USPS Virtual Entry Assessment Test Prep Guide for exams 474, 475, 476 & 477 provides the up-to-date info and realistic practice essential for success.

But you cannot delay. When applying for a job that calls for one of these exams, you are given 3 days from your application date to complete the testing process. You will have only 3 days for preparation after you apply. You best bet is to order the guide and begin preparing before applying.

As of now, all other exams can be taken once every 120 days. But the Postal Service is in the midst of revising its hiring and testing process, so this may change. We will continue monitoring developments and post updated info as needed.

To retake an exam, you must apply for an open job posting just like you did the first time. When applying, if it has been an appropriate length of time since you last took the test, they will give you the choice of using your existing score or retaking the exam. If it has been less than the appropriate length of time, they will automatically use your existing score, and you will not be given the opportunity to retake the test.

Retaking the exam is a good idea if you did not get the first Post Office job you applied for. If your score was not good enough to get you a job the first time around, there is no reason to assume it will get you hired when applying for other Postal jobs. But when you retake the exam, they keep the most recent score even if it’s lower than your previous score. So it is very important to effectively prepare for the test the second time around.

As you experienced when taking an exam the first time, they are incredibly difficult, and scoring high enough to get a job is a real challenge. This time, try to get more serious about your test preparation.