Directions for the Address Checking Section Study Guide for McGraw-Hill's Postal Exams 473/473C
Part A of Test 473 is called Address Checking. This part of the exam will present 60 correct addresses and ZIP codes, numbered 1 through 60. To the right of each address and ZIP code, another address and ZIP code will appear. The two should be the same, but the one on the right may contain one or more errors; in other words, it might not match the correct address on the left exactly. Your job is to determine whether there are any errors and, if so, whether the error is in the address, the ZIP code, or both. The official directions for Part A, Address Checking, are essentially as follows:
Part A of this test consists of 60 items for you to complete in 11 minutes. You will be shown a Correct List of addresses and ZIP codes alongside a List to Be Checked. The two lists should contain the same addresses and ZIP codes, except that the List to Be Checked may contain errors. Each row of information consists of one item. For each item, compare the address and ZIP code in the Correct List with the address and ZIP code in the List to Be Checked. Determine whether there are No Errors, an error in Address Only, an error in ZIP Code Only, or an error in Both the address and the ZIP code. Select an answer from the following four choices:
|A. No Errors||B. Address Only||C. ZIP Code Only||D. Both|
Mark your answer (A, B, C, or D) on your answer sheet.
Here’s how the Correct List and the List to Be Checked will appear in your test booklet. This sample provides five address pairs (numbered 1 through 5), but keep in mind that you’ll see 60 pairs (numbered 1 through 60) on the actual test.
List to be Checked
|Address||ZIP Code||Address||ZIP Code|
|400 Racine Rd. Milwaukee, WI||53205||400 Racine Dr. Milwaukee, WI||53205|
|12 Estuary Court Springfield, MO||65804||12 Estuary Court Springfield, MO||65804|
|20040 S. Parkway Blvd. Albany, NY||12209-0887||20040 S. Parkway Blvd. Albany, NY||12209-0337|
|8967 F Street, Suite 128 Pensacola, FL||32501||8967 F Street, Suite 128 Pensacola, FL||32501|
|PO Box 56824 Sacramento, CA||95832-0166||PO Box 56824 Sacramento, CA||95823-0166|
This sample list illustrates the following key features of the Address Checking format:
- Image State names are always given in their abbreviated two-letter form.
- Image Some ZIP codes contain only five digits, while others include the four-digit extension as well.
- Image Most addresses refer to streets, but a few of the 60 addresses will be Post Office (PO) Box numbers instead.
- Image Some addresses will include units such as a suite or apartment number, but most will not.
- Image All 60 items are U.S. addresses. No foreign addresses appear in Part A (or in any other part of Test 473).
The correct answer to Item 1 is B. The address to be checked uses Dr. in place of Rd. The two ZIP codes match exactly. So, there is an error in the address only.
The correct answer to Item 2 is A. The address and ZIP code to be checked match the correct address and ZIP code exactly, and so there are no errors.
The correct answer to Item 3 is C. The two addresses match exactly. However, the ZIP code to be checked does not match the correct ZIP code. (Notice that 88 in the four-digit extension has been replaced with 33.) So, there is an error in the ZIP code only. The correct answer to Item 4 is B. The correct city name (Pensacola) is changed to Pensecola in the address to be checked. (An a has been replaced by an e.) The two ZIP codes match exactly. So, there is an error in the address only.
The correct answer to Item 5 is D. The address to be checked changes the two-letter state abbreviation CA to CO. The ZIP code to be checked switches the 2 and 3. So, there is an error both in the address and in the ZIP code.
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