Do you want to check if an NTP server is alive and responding to NTP queries? Do you need to manually check an NTP server to see if the clock is correct? Try using ntpdate from a linux CLI to query the NTP server.
$ ntpdate -q pool.ntp.org
server 18.104.22.168, stratum 2, offset 1.552116, delay 0.06792
server 22.214.171.124, stratum 2, offset 1.556884, delay 0.11574
server 126.96.36.199, stratum 2, offset 1.569006, delay 0.11952
server 188.8.131.52, stratum 2, offset 1.542965, delay 0.11389
19 Apr 21:30:06 ntpdate: step time server 184.108.40.206 offset 1.552116 sec
The -q switch says to query only and not set the time. With this command you can query an NTP server and it will return the date it has set.