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post #1 of 25
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Has anyone here at Head-Fi taken the most recent US Postal Exam 473/473-C (city carrier) Exam and received a score above 90 percent? I have been taking this same exam four times this year and my results are not good enough. To be specific, I took my first exam for the Trenton and Lakewood, NJ installations and my scores were 72.20 and 77.30 percent respectively. A score of 70% or higher is considered passing. I need a score of 90% or higher to get hired by the US Postal Service.

I bought T.W. Parnell's Postal Exam 473 & 473-C Computer-Based Course. Believe me, I studied very hard for the exam by reading, highlighting, and applying everything in that book including the 6 practice examinations. My results on the 6 practice examinations ranged between 92 - 98 percent. However, Parnell's book does not address Part D - the work experience and personality assessment - section of the new examination.

I have read that insanity is defined as doing the same exact thing, but expecting a different result. I have also read that the reason why most people fail to achieve their goals or dreams in life is not because they lacked the motivation, but they gave up when they were literally at the cusp of succeeding. I am highly intelligent, focused, and determined to begin a rewarding career at the US Postal Service. I am soliciting help.

Did you take the US Postal Service 473 / 473-C Exam?
How many times did you take the examination?
Are you allowed to retake the same examination for the same lead office installation?
What were your test results?
Did you use any of the test preparation guides?
Which ones worked for you?
What do you think about this one: http://www.postal-exam.com/ ?

Please, please, do not reply to this thread if you have not taken the US Postal Service 473 / 473-C Exam. I need to keep this thread focused on the topic exclusively. If you do work for the US Postal Service or have taken the exam and scored above 90 percent, then please take a minute of your time to help out both a fellow Head-Fi member and aspiring US Postal Service employee. Thank you for your time.
post #2 of 25
I took it a few months back and scored about what you did.
No job offers came from it.
No one ever told me you had to get a 90 to be hired. If that was the case why would 70 be passing?

I find it hard to believe that any of the morons that work at my local post office scored a 90. In fact, I find it hard to believe they can tie their own shoes without help, yet there they are.

Aww forget it, you didn't want to work there anyway. It looks like an incredibly boring, mind numbing job. We can do better than that. (sour grapes )
TR
post #3 of 25
Welly, they cycle which carrier exam they offer. You dont get the same one each time. I was lucky and took the exam one time ..... got a 96 or 97 ..... and eventually got hired. I was hired at a small rural post office. I waited nearly two years for an opening before I was hired. My test score would have been out of date if I had been forced to wait much longer. I know lots of guys and the exam typically has a different focus each time. They purposely switch around the questions to make it tough for people to prepare.

The reason you have to score so high is any Service Vet gets 10 points ... and I think a Disabled Vet gets 15 points ..... added to their score. If you dont get above a 90 thats why you lose out. They only have to get an 80 or so to jump over you.

The toughest part of becoming a carrier is passing the drivers exam. You make the slighest mistake and they fail you. My dad was a lifelong carrier so I got lots of tips from my dad and his buddies about what to look for ..... and how they will try to trick you. I also had to go take the test in a large Metropolitan area which I was completely unfamiliar with. I was never so glad to get anything over with than this drivers test. You have to parallel park, make sure you use your turn signals in all possible situation .... especially pulling out from parallel parking. You have to enter the correct lane and then cross over to the next lane. Again, I passed the first time ..... but I know people who failed the test the maximum three times you are allowed to take the test.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by Welly Wu
I am highly intelligent, focused, and determined to begin a rewarding career at the US Postal Service.
If this is really the case, why do you average only 75ish on these tests and not 90+?

Recommended reading: Charles Bukowski---Post Office

This book may help with the lacking work experience...
post #5 of 25
Welly, are you the type who would enter the military? I worked at the post office as a carrier for a few months. It's a very authoritative, top-down treat you poorly military type of organization. It's also very hard work, and I think people take potshots at the post office not realizing how physically demanding being a carrier can be.

Make sure you've done your research before you spend time trying to join.
post #6 of 25
[QUOTE=Sugano-san]If this is really the case, why do you average only 75ish on these tests and not 90+?

Most people THAT PASS average around that score and a high percentage of the people dont pass period. These tests are made to be tough. They are mostly memory recognition tasks of unfamiliar names and addresses that require instantaneous recognition. Throw in the tests are timed and you have lots of pressure. If your tired, nervous or stressed its easy to choke on these tests ..... and most people have atleast two of these negatives going on when they take the test. The more you care about the test the more stressed you can become too. Thats why preparation is so important. If you see something you are familiar with from the pactice tests its much easier to relax and perform. I have had highly intellegent friends of mine totally blow this test.

I believe Welly's statement was a positive belief in himself and something you need to be successful at anything. I dont think he was overestimating his capabilities. I think he is training himself to be confident. The right attitude and preparation are exactly the components you need to do well on this exam. I think Welly is planning this out very well.

Sugano-san ..... I also dont believe you meant to criticize Welly but your statement does seem kind of hard on him. So understand these tests arent easy to begin with and the test conditions can make the test even more difficult. Welly's actions bode well for his success.

Good luck Welly. Once you pass .... if you come up for employment ..... give me a PM if you need some driving exam tips.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by sacd lover
The reason you have to score so high is any Service Vet gets 10 points ...
It's down to 5 points now and you have to have been serving during an "operation" (WW II, Korea, Nam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield. etc).
I don't recall what disables Vets got.
post #8 of 25
Welly, don't give up. It is very true that a lot of people give up just when they're on the cusp of success. It sounds like you're working hard and with a little luck things will work out for you.

Don't let the negative comments get you down. The USPS is a very good job. People like and respect their mail carriers. The benefits are excellent and you have much, much less worry about being laid off or outsourced than a lot of other jobs. It's a good career if you're willing to work hard.
post #9 of 25
I worked at the REC (Remote Encoding Center) for a year and a half, somewhat thinking I'd hang in long enough to go Career. REC employees are "transitional" which means that basically you get no recognition from the government, you might as well be a temp. 5 years or more at that place is typical for someone to get Career status.

In the meantime the place SUCKED, such a horrible mixture of bitter military people, old managers who had been in the system way too long, and general losers who cycled out faster than they could hire new people.

I understood after a while why postal workers have the reputation for violence.
post #10 of 25
Most repetitive office jobs have a lot of bitter people. That's just life. (People with certain types of personalities (especially women) tend to get that way as they get older and work at the same type of job for a long time.) It's not unique to the post office. Don't let these kinds of comments get you down about the Postal Service.
post #11 of 25
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Just to be sure that I leave no stone uncovered, I will look at all of the US Postal Service Exam 473/473-C study guides at Barnes & Noble where I work. I will specifically look to make sure his book deals with Part D - Personal Characteristics and Work Experience for several pages filled with tips and techniques on how to navigate this thorny section successfully. If he does not delve into Part D with a sufficient degree of specificity and detail, then I will buy the Postal Exams Secrets e-book on 12/30/2005.

sugano-san:
would you please remove your unhelpful reply post? If not, then administrators and moderators, please delete his reply post.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Welly Wu
Just to be sure that I leave no stone uncovered, I will look at all of the US Postal Service Exam 473/473-C study guides at Barnes & Noble where I work. I will specifically look to make sure his book deals with Part D - Personal Characteristics and Work Experience for several pages filled with tips and techniques on how to navigate this thorny section successfully. If he does not delve into Part D with a sufficient degree of specificity and detail, then I will buy the Postal Exams Secrets e-book on 12/30/2005.

sugano-san:
would you please remove your unhelpful reply post? If not, then administrators and moderators, please delete his reply post.
Well with that attitude, I'm sure you will succeed! Your Orpheus is on its way, eventually!
post #13 of 25
The exam doesn't require any special knowledge in my mind. It's more about practice and technique, especially in the section where you memorize addresses. It sounds like you just need the right book, which shouldn't be hard. Find one with multiple sample exams, that's what I did. I scored high and was in within six months or so.
post #14 of 25
How does the PO pay? Seems like a really tough job to get despite having a terrible reputation. What is it that attracts you to the job?

Just wondering

--Illah
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