Postal Worker Test Preparation: All About 473 (page 2)

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

Part B: Forms Completion

In Part B, your job is to answer a total of 30 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, the questions gauge your ability to fill in the various fields (lines and boxes) on the form with the appropriate information for each field.

Expect to encounter about five different forms on Part B, each one accompanied by about 5 to 7 questions based on the form. For each of the 30 questions, you are given four answer choices: (A), (B), (C), and (D). Some questions ask where certain information should be entered on the form, while other questions ask what types of entries are appropriate for particular fields (lines or boxes) on the form.

Part C: Coding and Memory

Part C is essentially a mail-sorting exercise, in which your job is to assign various street addresses to one of four delivery routes, lettered A, B, C, and D, according to a Coding Guide. Part C is divided into two sections: a Coding Section, which consists of 36 addresses to be coded in 6 minutes, and a Memory Section, which consists of 36 addresses to be coded in 7 minutes. During the Coding Section, you can refer to the Coding Guide, but during the Memory Section, you can’t. (That’s why it’s called the Memory Section.) You will use the same Coding Guide for both sections of Part C.

In each of the two sections of Part C, before you code the 36 scored items, you’ll attempt a series of brief, timed practice exercises to familiarize yourself with the Coding Guide. Thus, the total time for Part C is greater than the 13 minutes allowed for the two scored segments.

Part D: Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory

In Part D, you have 90 minutes to answer 236 questions. The questions in Part D are designed to assess all the various personal characteristics, preferences, and experiences that are relevant to working effectively as an employee of the Postal Service. Part D actually consists of two sections: Personal Characteristics (160 questions) and Experience (76 questions). The Personal Characteristics section contains two basic types of questions. In one type, your job is to identify the extent to which you agree or disagree with a given statement by selecting one of four answer choices: (A) strongly agree, (B) agree, (C) disagree, or (D) strongly disagree. In the other question type, you identify the frequency with which the description fits you by selecting one of four choices: (A) very often, (B) often, (C) sometimes, or (D) rarely or never. The Experience section is designed to gauge your experience in areas relevant to performing effectively as a Postal Service employee. In this section, the response choices vary from one question to the next.

Note: There is no “correct” answer to any question in Part D. However, Part D is scored. How it is scored is a well-guarded USPS secret.

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