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Page 1 Address Checking Study Guide for the Postal Service Exam™

How to Prepare for the Address Checking Section of the Postal Service Exam

General Information

Noting errors in addresses is an important skill for postal workers. Their job is to get every piece of mail to the correct recipient, and if the address is wrong, that won’t happen in a timely manner. This section of the test challenges you to spot mistakes in an address by comparing it with the correct address. There will be two lists of addresses. The first is how the address should look and the second is either correct or contains one or more errors. You will choose from four answer choices, depending if and where there are errors:

  • no errors
  • address only
  • ZIP code only
  • both

There are two additional factors in play here regarding your success on this portion of the exam:

  • There is a time constraint. You’ll only have 11 minutes to answer a total of 60 questions, which gives you about 11 seconds per item. You are not expected to finish all of the items, but give it your best shot for a higher score.

  • There is a penalty for guessing: point is subtracted for each wrong answer, so don’t just randomly guess on any of the questions.

The Lists

Being familiar with what you will see on a test generally makes you more comfortable. This is important, especially when time is a factor. Here is a sample of the type of lists used in this section of the Postal Exam™:


The Questions

Each row of the table above would correspond to a question on the test. For example, the address beside the 1. would be used for question number one.

The best way to approach these questions is to take one part of the address at a time and look for any differences. Even a differing use of punctuation marks counts as an error.

  1. Check the numbers first.
  2. Check the street name and its spelling, including punctuation.
  3. Check the city name and the state abbreviation (many are similar to another one).
  4. Check the ZIP code™.

If you find no errors, mark that answer choice. Otherwise, mark the answer choice that tells where the errors are. To keep track as you are looking for errors, one idea is to put your thumb on the desk or table when you find an error in the address and your forefinger down if an error is found in the ZIP code. When you’ve finished checking that one, you’ll know which answer to mark by which digits are on the table.

Write the numbers 1 through 5 on a piece of paper, scroll back up to the chart above and see if you can find the errors, if any, in each row. Mark the appropriate answer choice from the list below, then check your answers given below that. The answers could be in a different order on your test, but they will always include these choices:

A. no errors
B. address only
C. ZIP code only
D. both

Answers for the questions above:

  1. C (86204 instead of 85204)
  2. A
  3. B (Rd. instead of St. and MI instead of MN for the state abbreviation—both in address)
  4. D (no periods in PO and 46218 instead of 46216)
  5. B (24156 instead of 24516)