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Why do you need a Phonetic Alphabet Test?

Knowledge of the phonetic alphabet is increasingly important for call centre and help desk agents who are trying to collect or communicate important customer or product data as quickly and as accurately as possible. It’s essential that both parties agree and understand on the correct spelling of words and names. Substituting letters for internationally-standard (NATO alphabet) English words allows them to be pronounced and understood by those who exchange messages by phone regardless of language barriers or communication channel quality.

For example, if an employee was checking the spelling of a customer’s name “SMITH”, instead of sounding out the letters  “S, M, I, T, H” they would instead say “Sierra, Mike, India, Tango, Hotel”.

If you’re hiring for a position in any call centre environment, then this is an essential assessment to ensure your applicants have what it takes before you hire them. Or do you want to re-train your existing employees? Provide them with the relevant communication skills they need to be more efficient in collecting and passing information phonetically.

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Overview of Test

The Phonetic assessment has been designed to assess a candidate’s comprehension and usage of the NATO phonetic alphabet through the use of multiple choice questioning and true/false statements.

Bespoke tests aligned to client-specific scenarios and documents can be provided upon request. It’s as easy as A, B, C (or rather Alpha, Bravo, Charlie).

Recommended Applications

This test is recommended for those in a Call Centre or Customer Service environment in any industry where clear communication is an asset when collecting data.

Complementary Tests

There are several complementary tests that come under the Call Centre Tests module:


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Phonetic Alphabet Test FactFile


Key skills measured:
  • Use of the phonetic alphabet in a call centre environment
Test Detail:
  • 30 questions asked
  • 15 minutes to complete
  • 12 minutes average taken
  • Practice available
  • Randomised delivery
Complementary Tests:

Phonetic Test Example Question

Which word represents the letter R?

() Ratio

() Radius

() Romeo

() Rialto

Phonetic Alphabet Test example question
Phonetic Alphabet test report example

Call Centre Phonetic Alphabet Test Sample report

The sample report to get a feel for the type of analysis you can receive from a candidate taking this test on the NATO alphabet.

Report clearly shows the candidate’s percentage score, as well as giving them a percentile score against others in your organisation and worldwide.

Require bespoke adjustments to these tests?

All assessments can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Bespoke activities often include the addition of organisation-specific questions relating to specific software, company policies and procedures as well as the removal of questions if required.

To find out more about our  bespoke assessments.

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