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What's on the exam? There are two sections. The first part of the exam is self-administered, meaning that you take it on your own without supervision. There is only one section on this self-administered part of the exam, the personal characteristics, and experience inventory section. The second part of the exam is taken later at a proctored or supervised testing site, and it consists of four sections, addresses check, forms completion, coding, and memory all sections of the exam or time.
On most sections the limited time allowed forces you to recklessly race through the test trying to answer as many questions as possible before time is called, and as you will know speed and accuracy are not very compatible. When stressing accuracy we usually take our time and answer carefully, when stressing speed we generally work so fast that we sacrifice some accuracy, this speed and accuracy imbalance is one of the greatest challenges on this exam.
The personal characteristics and experience inventory section often called a psychological section, it is self-administered, you take it at home, at a library or wherever you can get access to a computer and the Internet. This section consisting of 150 questions to be answered in 90 minutes, is used to identify what the Postal Service sees. As the most qualified applicant, you must pass this section in order to take the rest of the exam at a later time. If you fail this section you automatically fail the entire test.
Let's look at a sample question how frequently do you establish personal goals or objectives that are virtually unachievable. This is a real question from the actual test, by the way, should you indicate that you set high goals for yourself by saying that you do frequently establish unachievable goals or by establishing unachievable goals? Are you saying that you routinely set yourself up for failure? Would it be better to indicate that you set realistic goals that can actually be accomplished all the questions on this section? By the way or similarly ambiguous after passing the personal characteristics and experience inventory section, you will be scheduled to take the proctored part of the exam at a later time and at a supervised testing site.
The first property section addresses checking where you are to answer 60 questions in 11 minutes. Each question is a pair of addresses that you compare to see if they're exactly alike or if they have any differences, whatsoever this may not sound too very challenging, but the speed demanded is inhuman. You have only one to two seconds per element to make an exacting and detailed comparison.
Let's look at a simple question, this sample question is laid out exactly as you would see it on the real test. It consists of two addresses that we are to compare the answer choices are, A. if the address has no errors meaning they're exactly alike. B. If there is a difference or an error in the address section only not in the zip code. C. if there is a difference or error in the zip code only not in the address section, or D. if there are errors or differences in the address and in the zip code.
Closely examining our sample we will discover that there are two differences in the address section and the difference in the zip code as well, so the correct answer would be D. Again this may not seem so terribly challenging when looking at only one question and taking your time, but making such many comparisons when racing through a time test at 90 miles an hour is not so very easy.
Next comes the forms completion section, where you are to answer 30 questions in 15 minutes. In this section, you are shown actual postal forms, and you are to answer questions about how they should be completed, you have two minutes to answer each question. This may not sound terribly difficult, but the problem is a confusing bureaucratic form, we try and figure out how the form should be completed and in choosing the correct answer. Two minutes per question doesn't seem like nearly enough time.
Let's look at a simple question, this is a real form used daily at post offices. The question asked which box is the customer should fill out, as opposed to a postal employee the problem is you've never seen this form in your life, so you've got to take some time to closely look over every box to see who should fill it out, the customer or the postal employee, then you've got to check out the box is listed, for every enter choice to see which inter toys if any less, only boxes to be filled out by the customer. After careful review, you will find the correct answer choice is a beep, but again doing this on a strange form and only 2 minutes can be a real challenge did.
The code section you have six minutes to answer 36 questions, a coding guide is displayed. Each question is an address and your answer is where the address fits within the coding. Since the coding guide is displayed while you're answering questions, this is basically an open-book test.
Let's look at an example question to figure out what all this means. The sample question is an address 1100 Eldridge Street, the coding guide has three delivery routes, A B and C, and it is specific address ranges for those delivery routes, your answer is which delivery route, A B or C covers the address in the question, or D if the address in the question does not appear in any of those delivery routes. So we look in the coding guide for Eldridge Street, it does not appear in delivery routes A or B, Eldridge Street does appear in delivery route C, but the address range for Eldridge Street and delivery route C is 70 300 290 300, and our address of 1,100 Eldridge Street does not fall within that range. So the correct answer would be D because the address does not fall in one of the address ranges listed above.
Next comes the memory section, one of the biggest reasons people fail this exam is this section is virtually identical to the coding section, except you must memorize the coding guide and answer questions from memory, the coding guide is not displayed during the test, you are given only a few minutes to memorize a coding diet before taking this section of the test. I know this sounds impossible and for most people it is, but what I'm describing is the real deal. There are 36 questions to be answered in seven minutes.
Let's look at a sample question, the address in our sample question is 100 alpine way, we look for alpine way in our coding guide, and see that years in both delivery routes pay and B does 100 Ithon weight, fit within either of the address ranges in delivery routes A and B, yes, it fits within the address range of 1 to 299 in delivery route A, so the correct answer is A. But the huge problem here is that we cannot look back at the coding guide to select an answer having memorized the coding, we're supposed to select an answer by visualizing the coding guide in our mind.
Again this monster section is one of the biggest reasons, so many people fail, we discussed the test content, but what about exams for a number of my postal contacts confirmed that exam 473 E carries an 80 to 90 percent failure rate. Yes, you heard me right, literally, 80 to 90% of all applicants fail this exam. Those statistics should give you a really good idea of what you're up against, 70 is a passing score, if you score below 70 your report simply says ineligible. The highest possible score on exam 473 E is in the mid to upper 80s, a score of 100 is not possible on this exam, others who tell you a score 100's possible are greatly mistaken.
How high of a score do you need to really get a job? Only the top three applicants, the applicants with the top three scores are invited for an interview, and one of them gets the job. What you need is one of the top three scores, and whether or not you have one of the top three scores depends almost exclusively on how well you prepare for the test.
How can succeed against such incredible odds effective test? Preparation is the one and only answer a big reason, so many Africans fail is that the only a very view of test prep effort, whatsoever, we don't want you to fall into the 80 to 90% category of losers, do we? So let's plan to make full use of my test prep guide, and leave the others behind in the dust.
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