Pop Quiz 2: ATC Standard Phraseology

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Time for a pop quiz.

It’s time for another pop quiz. Don’t groan. This one, like all the others is a freebie. Take it anonymously. I don’t score it. You score it. Cheat early and often.

The subject is Air Traffic Control Standard Phraseology, something we’ve been talking about quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. The questions are not about what ATC says to you, but about what you say to ATC. Are you using Standard Phraseology? Find out with this pop quiz.

Click the link below the survey window to get the answers. The “Done” button inside the survey will not provide the answers.

Have fun!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Eduardo April 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I have found your website very usable for me.. Even though I’m living in Canada as a foreign pilot I have had issues to understand and read back correctly most of the times because controllers do not use the correct phraseology using shortcuts. I would like to have several clearance to exercise my reading back and at the same time write them down using short hand, I know there is a short hand manual but I have never see one which would be good to have a copy and start practicing. Congratulations for your website. I am original from Colombia SA and I know the aeronautical authorities are implementing in all companies courses of ATC communications in order to avoid problems or issues overseas. I am happy to let know many pilots know about your Website. Thanks for your help Awesome


JeffKanarish April 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Hello Eduardo

Thank you for your very nice comments. I don’t believe there is a shorthand manual for copying clearances. I think shorthand is something you can develop for yourself and here’s why. If you follow a manual of shorthand, now you have to not only pay attention to the clearance you are getting, but you also have to try and remember shorthand symbols developed by someone else. It’s like trying to learn and remember two new languages at the same time. Does that make sense? Better to work out a personal shorthand system that you are comfortable with and can remember easily.

Your comment has inspired a new article for the website. Thanks for spreading the word about this website too!



Rovshan May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

hello. I would like to know result of the quiz. And How can i practice air traffic terminology with you?


JeffKanarish May 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Hey Rovshan,

See the “Click here for the answers” below the quiz box. Click that and you will see the quiz results.

If you want to work on air traffic terminology, write to me at jeff@ATCcommunication.com. We can put together a plan.



Jaad June 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Nice site and lots of info for this new student. One questions comes to mind is this: I know to say my call sign at the beginning of any VFR transmission I initiate, but when to say (pre/post) it to a command from ATC for a conversation that I did not initiate. I see in the quiz both ways, I think.


JeffKanarish June 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Hey Jaad,

When you look at the ATC quiz and see some responses begin with a call sign and some responses end with a call sign, it’s because either way is correct. I wrote an article about this awhile ago. Here is the link to that article: http://atccommunication.com/call-sign-first. Thank you for your question. Stay in touch.



Joe February 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm



Ivan guerrero June 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Excellent navigating in the web, and re-learning what me as a pilot, should know as the palm of my hand.


Charlotte mcdaniel May 23, 2015 at 2:03 am

I was in Air Force communications many years ago. I find this site to be very interesting.


andy December 3, 2015 at 5:18 am

fun to work with


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