Address Checking: Common Errors

Common Errors between the Addresses

Errors to expect

Addresses are composed of word combinations (address, city, and state) and number combinations (address number and zip code). Therefore, the error in the pair will be comprised of an error with either a word, or a number, and sometimes both.

Errors with Words

Check for the following:

  • Any misspelling of a street name or city (for example 123 Waterloo St./123 Watarloo St.)
  • Subtle changes in the actual name of a street or city (an example would be changing 123 Plainbank to Plainmont)
  • There will always be a street abbreviation. Many errors involve switching these types (for example, Road to Drive or Avenue to Street)
  • Abbreviating a word (for example, Suite to Ste. or Drive to Dr.) or changing an abbreviation to the complete word (for example, changing Rd. to Road or Hwy. to Highway)

Errors with Number Combinations
  • Switching two digits in a street address, ZIP code, or other number (for example, changing 18823 to 18283)
  • Adding or omitting a digit in a number (for example, 423 to 4232)
  • Changing one digit in a number (for example, 583 to 588)

Types of Errors Not to Look For

Capitalization is not tested. Don't waste time looking for capitalization errors (for example, Los palmos or elf Street)

You will not be tested on punctuation in the address. Punctuation is often found in address abbreviations like ave. (short for avenue) or st. (short for street). Sometimes these will be followed by a period, and sometimes they will not be. Ignore any small discrepancies with punctuation.

Zip Codes are not actual for the tested location.
The 473-E is an exam of skill and not knowledge. Therefore, all of the zip codes will be fictional for the given address pairs. If you happen to see a zip code that couldn't be used in real life (for example a zip code you know is only used in California for an Arizona address) don't worry about it. You aren't being tested on the validity of the zip codes, only any errors between the pairs.

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.

Subtle Errors that are difficult to catch

Cities - Spelling Errors
The test will often look to "trick" the test-taker by making subtle adjustments to the spelling of a city. This often occurs when a city can be read phonetically (meaning it sounds the same when you say it) but can be spelled differently. A good example of this type of error would be an address pair using the city of Seattle. If you were to spell it as Seatle (Seattle vs. Seattle) it would sound exactly the same if you were to say it. However, with the second T missing in the spelling, it represents a key type of error on many questions in the Address Checking section.