Exit Tickets

Exit tickets are a quick and effective way to assess students' understanding or mastery of learning
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Exit Ticket

About This Strategy

An Exit Ticket is a short set of questions designed to give closure to a lesson or learning and to help teachers gauge students' grasp of a lesson or learning. Exit Tickets can function as checks for understanding, accountability tools, and a way to help students track their progress. The format of an exit ticket can vary based on a teacher's goals and needs - they can be three multiple-choice questions on a piece of paper, a completed Google Form, or a question answered on a digital tool such as Socrative. Exit tickets can also be used to gauge student understanding before the next day's instruction as well as give a teacher an idea of how successful a lesson was in building students' knowledge or understanding about key topics.

Implementation Steps

15 minutes
  1. Determine the purpose for using exit tickets (see resource videos below for each of the following types of exit tickets).

    • Are they being used to assess students' understanding of a particular concept?

    • Are they a tool for students to self-assess their comprehension or surface questions?

    • Are they being used as a tool for students to record the new knowledge they have learned?

    • Other?

  2. Develop exit ticket questions by focusing on the lesson or unit objectives.

  3. Determine how much time to set aside for students to complete exit tickets, and let students know ahead of time that there will be an exit ticket at the end of the lesson. This can be included in a daily class agenda.

  4. Determine the tool to use to create the exit ticket. Will students write their exit tickets on a piece of paper? Will they respond using a tech tool? See the tech tool section below to learn more about tech tools that you can use to develop exit tickets.

  5. Create the exit ticket. Simple works best! A quick 3-question survey or collecting a sample of students' work works well as an exit ticket.

  6. Before students complete the exit ticket, explain to them the purpose of the exit ticket and whether it will be graded.

  7. Thank your students for being thoughtful on their exit tickets.

Using Exit Tickets During Distance Learning

Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver
BetterLesson Instructional Coach

Exit tickets are a great way to assess student understanding of the lesson objective. There are a variety of ways exit tickets can be modified for use in a distance learning setting. 

Implementation steps:

  1. Develop the purpose for your exit ticket. Are you assessing the learning target? Asking students to reflect on a learning process? Checking in about students' social-emotional health? Knowing the purpose of your exit ticket can help you choose the right digital version. 

  2. Create the exit ticket. When creating your exit ticket, consider if you want other students' to be able to see each other's responses, or if you want a more private exit ticket. In a digital setting, this may take many forms: 

    • A google form that students complete at the end of a synchronous lesson or when they complete asynchronous tasks. 

    • A required chat in the chat feature of Zoom during a synchronous video session. Students could either publicly chat or privately chat the teacher. 

    • An email sent directly to you at the end of a synchronous lesson or when they complete asynchronous tasks. 

    • A response on Padlet, Socrative, Sutori, FlipGrid, Verso, or PearDeck. 

  3. In a digital setting, also consider requiring students' to schedule 1:1 time with you where you can complete the exit ticket virtually with them. This may be especially helpful for students who are struggling with the content or for students' that you want to check-in on. 

  4. For students with limited technology, consider calling them and having them complete the exit ticket on the phone with you. Students could also text you their exit ticket.

Special Education Modification

One way to modify Exit Tickets for students with disabilities that impact their ability to recall information is to give them the opportunity to write about one thing they learned in today's lessons.

EL Modification

One way to modify Exit Tickets for EL students is to include images as part of the questions to help them develop their vocabulary.

Questions to Consider

  • How can exit tickets be differentiated?

  • Can students ever work in small groups or pairs when completing exit tickets?

Coach Tips

As a teacher, I did not spend a lot of time looking at exit tickets. I sorted them into no more than three categories to quickly assess my students' understanding.

Don't worry about grading the exit tickets; they are more useful as a way to capture a snapshot of your students' understanding than serving as an assessment of their skill or content learned.

Consider adding a survey question to the end of the exit ticket with a question like, "Is there something you want me to know?" as a way to hear from students.

Tech Tools

Google Forms

  • Google Forms allows you to create surveys and exit tickets.

  • Google Forms can be used to keep track of answers over time and to create an archive of exit ticket questions


  • Socrative allows you to create multiple choice or short answer exit tickets.

  • Socrative has features that help increase student engagement during exit tickets.

Pear Deck

  • Pear Deck is an interactive presentation and lesson delivery tool. Students use their devices to follow along with the teacher's slideshow on a classroom screen. Throughout, teachers can pause at points where they've added interactive questions and collect real-time data about student understanding. 
  • Teachers can add questions - multiple choice, short response, etc. - to the end of their lessons in Pear Deck to serve as an exit ticket. 

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