Strategies for the Memory Section Study Guide for McGraw-Hill's Postal Exams 473/473C

By — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Jun 23, 2011

During the Memory Section, you have 7 minutes to code 36 addresses, numbered 37 through 72. Pace yourself so that you finish coding from memory in about 3 minutes, and then take no more than 2 minutes to fill in the answer sheet. That will leave you 2 minutes to go through all 36 items again and correct any mistakes you may have made the first time through.

The Coding Section of Part C is pretty straightforward because the Coding Guide is right there in front of you as you code each list of addresses. However, during the Memory Section, you won’t have the luxury of referring to a preprinted Coding Guide as you code addresses. Instead, you must rely on your memory to do so. This is what makes the Memory Section of Part C more challenging than the Coding Section. However, by using the following simple strategies, you can easily handle this section.

Reorganize the Coding Guide in a Way That’s Easy to Memorize

The Coding Guide presents the addresses and corresponding delivery routes in a clear, organized way. But, the guide doesn’t organize the information in a way that’s very easy to memorize. It’s up to you to shuffle the information around in your mind so that it’s easy to memorize it all. Let’s look again at the Coding Guide you saw earlier in this lesson, and then we’ll reorganize the data.

Coding Guide
Address Range Delivery Route
300–700 Hartford Blvd. 10–25 Oswago Road 1800–6000 N. 23rd St. A
26–40 Oswago Road 701–1000 Hartford Blvd. B
150–250 Point Lookout Loop 50000–75000 Rose St. SW 6001–12000 N. 23rd St. C
All mail that does not fall in one of the address ranges listed above D
Here are three suggestions for reorganizing the information in your mind so that it’s easier to remember:

  • In your mind, separate the two streets that are listed only once from the three other streets.
  • Ignore words such as Street, Road, and Avenue, as well as their abbreviated forms.
  • Instead of thinking about which streets and ranges match a delivery code, think first about a particular street, and then think about the street’s delivery code(s).

Here’s what the guide might look like after you reorganize the information in your mind in accordance with the preceding suggestions:

C 150–250 Point Lookout

C 50000–75000 Rose


A 300–700

B 701–1000


A 10–25

B 26–40

N. 23rd

A 1800–6000

C 6001–12000

As you can see, our revised Coding Guide is simpler and less cluttered than the original one. You can no doubt see that it’s easier to memorize the information when it’s presented this way than when it’s presented the original way.

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