Forms Completion Study Guide for McGraw-Hill's Postal Exams 473/473C
Part B of Test 473 is called Forms Completion. It consists of 30 questions for you to complete in 15 minutes. In this part, your job is to answer questions involving a series of simulated Postal Service forms, such as mailing receipts and shipping instructions. The questions are designed to gauge your ability to complete standard Postal Service forms accurately and properly. More specifically, this part is designed to help you to fill in the various fields (lines and boxes) on the forms with the appropriate information for each field.
Here are some additional key facts about Part B:
- Expect to encounter about five different forms in Part B. (The total number of forms differs slightly from one exam to the next, but the average number is five.)
- Each form in Part B will be accompanied by about five to seven questions based on the form.
- The forms in Part B are not actual Postal Service forms. Rather, they are modified and, generally speaking, simpler versions of real forms.
Note: Why don’t the test makers use actual, unmodified Postal Service forms on the test? Well, if real forms were used, test takers could gain an unfair advantage by studying and memorizing the forms prior to taking the test. This would defeat the purpose of Test 473, which is designed as a test of skill, not of knowledge.
Here’s a form that’s typical of the ones you’ll see on Part B of your test. Just like the ones on the test, it’s a modified, simpler version of an actual Postal Service form.
|Authorization to Hold Mail|
|1. Hold Mail For||2. Beginning Date|
|1a. Name||3. Ending Date|
|1b. Address||4a. Do NOT resume delivery until I pick up all accumulated mail.|
|1c. City, State, ZIP||4b. Resume delivery of accumulated and new mail on ending date|
|5. Customer Signature||8. Carrier|
|Postal Use Only||6. Date Received||9. Route Number|
|Postal Use Only||7. Clerk|
Compared with the forms you’ll see on your exam, this example—Authorization to Hold Mail—is average in length and complexity. Some of the forms on your exam might be longer than this one (containing more fields), while others might be briefer (containing fewer fields). The example form here illustrates the following key features of each and every form you’ll encounter on Part B:
- The form is completed by providing various types of information, ranging from numbers and names to dates and check marks.
- Each distinct field is either a “box” or a “line” and is identified by either a number or a number-letter combination (such as “1a”). This is how all the forms on Part B will look. The questions based on each form refer to the form’s boxes and lines by number or number-letter combination.
- The fields are numbered in an organized way—from left to right (in rows) and/or from top to bottom (in columns). This feature helps you locate fields quickly according to their number as you answer the questions.
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