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What is the postal battery exam?

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) administers the Postal Battery Exam 473 to applicants for most of the company’s entry-level jobs. The exam is described by the USPS as a type of screening process, helping to identify desirable traits and abilities among applicants.

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The five-part exam consists of checking addresses, completing forms, coding, memory work and an inventory of experiences and personal characteristics. As of January 2015, the USPS requires a score of 70 or above to pass. Following the exam, applicants are ranked according to score for hiring purposes. The USPS provides hiring advantages for veterans, which may include an award of 5 to 10 additional points on the exam or selection priority.

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