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Postal Worker Test Preparation: Scores and Applying for Test 473

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

How Test 473 Is Scored

Test 473 is scored on a 0 to 100 scale. You’ll receive one overall score in the 0 to 100 range for your exam. A passing score is 70. However, your test score is not the same as the number of questions you answer correctly. Each part of the test is scored separately, and then the four scores are combined, using a complex formula that the Postal Service will not disclose. Following is a closer look at how each part is scored.

Part A: Address Checking

Your score for Part A is based on the total number of items you answer correctly, minus one-third point for each item you answer incorrectly. No deduction is made for items you leave unanswered or blank on your answer sheet. Part A consists of a total of 60 items. Let’s assume that you answered 45 correctly and 9 incorrectly, while leaving 6 unanswered (blank). Your score for Part A would be 45 − (1/3 of 9), or 45 − 3 = 42. Your score of 42 would then be combined with your scores for the other three parts of the exam to determine your overall test score.

Part B: Forms Completion

Your score for Part B is based simply on the total number of items you answer correctly. No deduction is made for questions you answer incorrectly or for those that you leave unanswered (blank). Part B consists of a total of 30 items. Let’s say you answered 21 questions correctly. It doesn’t matter how many of the remaining 9 questions you answered incorrectly and how many you left unanswered (blank). Your score for Part B would be 21, the total number of correct answers. Your score of 21 would then be combined with your scores for the other three parts to determine your overall test score.

Part C: Coding and Memory

Your score for Part C is calculated in the same manner as that for Part A: the total number of items you answer correctly, minus one-third point for each item you answer incorrectly. No deduction is made for test items you leave unanswered (blank). Part C consists of a total of 72 items. So, if you answered 53 correctly and 12 incorrectly, while leaving 7 unanswered (blank), your score for Part C would be 53 − (1/3 of 12), or 53 − 4 = 49. Your score of 49 would then be combined with your scores for the other three parts to determine your overall test score.

Part D: Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory

Part D is scored and does significantly affect your overall exam score. However, the scoring system for Part D is a well-guarded secret with the Postal Service. Part D consists of a total of 236 questions altogether. Without knowing how Part D is scored, the best approach is to make sure you answer each and every question you can as honestly as you can—and leave the rest to fate!

Applying to Take Test 473

Before you can apply for any specific Postal Service job, you must first take and pass the appropriate exam, such as Test 473. But, you cannot simply walk into an exam office anytime you wish and take one of the exams. That’s not how it works. First, you must determine when and where the exam that you wish to take is next being offered in your geographical area.

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