Address Checking: Basics

The Basics of the Address Checking Section

Part A of the Postal Service Test 473 involves Address Checking. Though it appears to be a superficially easy task, in practice it is actually quite challenging.

Address Checking is difficult because it requires finding small errors between address pairs at a brisk pace. In fact, you will have to check 60 pairs of addresses in just 11 minutes, so you have only 11 seconds to check each pair. Moreover, the scoring on this section of the exam penalizes wrong answers, making efficiency and accuracy even more critical to your score.

Scoring of this Section

Scoring on this portion of the exam penalizes incorrect answers. The formula used by the postal service is best illustrated with an example:

Of the 60 questions, if you were to answer 40 correctly, leave 8 blank, and incorrectly answer 12 questions, your finaly score on this section would accumulate to 36 out of a possible 60. The reason is that the exam penalizes the incorrect answers (but not those left blank). So you're score is calculated as the number correct - (1/3)*Number Incorrect. In this example, that works out to 40 - (1/3)12 = 36.

Directions

Part A of the Exam consists of 60 pairs of addresses that you must compare in 11 minutes. Each comparison will result in one of four outcomes:

Section Hint

Since this section of the exam penalizes wrong answers, it is a very good idea to practice until you can complete the section in just 6 minutes, so you have the chance to go back and check your answers.

Example Address Checking List

Before moving to the next step of your training, we have provided two pairs of addresses below, so you can get used to the format. The addresses will be presented to you in a left to right format, with the answer selections A-D always on the far right.

450 Racoon Rd.
Seattle, WA
82801-8801
405 Racoon Rd.
Seattle, WA
82801-8801
A
B
C
D
65 Lord Hale Ln.
Brighton, OH
42353-0092
65 Lord Hale Ln.
Brighton, OH
42353-0092
A
B
C
D