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The U.S. Postal Service™ (USPS™) administers this test, often referred to as “Test 473.” The exam is required to secure an entry-level job with the USPS™. It is a multiple-choice test given in these four sections with the number of questions and time limit to answer them listed here:
The Personal Inventory is actually given first, online, at a computer of your choice. If your score on that is satisfactory, you will be sent an invitation to take the other three sections at a specific testing facility.
It is important to know that some sections of the Postal Service Exam™ impose a penalty for wrong answers, which means you shouldn’t guess unless you can narrow the choices down to two. Consult our study guide for each section to find the exact penalty guidelines.