What is on the Coding Section of Postal Exam 473/473E?

EXAM 473/473E WAS RETIRED IN APRIL 2019 AND REPLACED BY FOUR NEW TESTS. THESE DETAILS ON THE NEW EXAMS SUPERCEDE INFO ON EXAM 473/473E AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

The Postal Service launched its new Virtual Entry Assessment hiring and testing program in April 2019. That is also when they retired exam 473 and replaced it with four new tests – exams 474, 475, 476 & 477 – that are now used to fill over 90% of all entry level jobs.

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In the Coding Section of Postal Exam 473/473E you have 6 minutes to answer 36 questions. A Coding Guide is displayed, each question is an address, and your answer is where the address fits within the Coding Guide. Since the Coding Guide is displayed while you are answering questions, this is basically an open book test. Here is a sample question.

Sample Question: 1100 Eldridge St

The sample question is simply an address: 1100 Eldridge St. The Coding Guide has 3 delivery routes – A, B, and C – and it lists specific address ranges for those delivery routes. Your answer is which delivery route – A, B, or C – covers the address in the question or D if the address in the question does not appear in any of those delivery routes.

So, we look for Eldridge St in the Coding Guide. It does not appear in Delivery Routes A or B. Eldridge St does appear in Delivery Route C. But the address range for Eldridge St in Delivery Route C is 7300 to 9300, and our address of 1100 Eldridge St does not fall within that range. So the correct answer would be “D” because the address does not fall in one of the address ranges listed for Delivery Routes A, B, or C.

Post Office exam 473/473E consists of the following five sections. Each section title is a link to a blog with details about that section. Also given are links to our Exam 473/473E online resources and our “What is on the Exam” and “How to Apply” videos.

Personal Characteristics & Experience Inventory Section

Address Checking Section

Forms Completion Section

Coding Section

Memory Section

You should also click the below links and view the videos for full details on the Postal Exam 473/473E and how to effectively prepare for it.

Postal Exam 473/473E Web Page

Complete Postal Exam 473/473E Interactive eGuide

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