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


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The Forms Completion Section of Postal Exam 473/473E consists of 30 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. In this section you are shown actual Postal forms and are asked to answer questions about how they should be completed. You have 30 seconds to answer each question. This may not sound terribly difficult, but the problem is the confusing bureaucratic forms. When trying to figure out how the form should be completed and then choosing the correct answer, 30 seconds per question does not seem like nearly enough time. Here are a sample form and question.

Which boxes should the customer fill out if applicable?
A) Boxes 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 6, and 7
B) Boxes 1a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6, and 7
C) Boxes 1b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, and 5c
D) All of the above

This is a real form used daily at Post Offices, by the way. The question asks which boxes the customer, as opposed to a Postal employee, should fill out. You have never seen this form in your life, so you need to take some time to closely look over every box to see who should fill it out – the customer or the Postal employee. Then you must check out the boxes listed for every answer choice to see which choice – if any – lists only boxes to be filled out by the customer. After careful review, you will find that the correct answer choice for our sample question is “B”. Again, doing all this on a strange bureaucratic form that you have never seen in your life, and doing it in only 30 seconds, is a real challenge.

Success calls extensive and realistic practice to develop the ability to rapidly analyze strange confusing forms and determine how – and by who – they should be filled out. That is exactly what our Complete Postal Exam 473/473E Interactive eGuide does for you. Take a look at the reviews posted by our customers to see what they have to say about our guide.

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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