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How to Use Exit Tickets for Quick Assessments

At the end of every lesson, we try to have some type of closure – either a wrap up activity, a review, or a question to check for understanding. Arguably, one of the simplest assessments you could create is an exit ticket!

Exit tickets are quick activities that can be one paper or verbal that provide students a quick and simple opportunity to show what they’ve learned. 

You can use exit tickets in all subjects and engage students in their learning!

Take a look below at different tips and ways to use exit tickets in your classroom!


I personally use math exit tickets for almost every lesson. It’s a great way to do a check-in on a student’s knowledge and review what they’ve been learning.

There are some key components to remember when doing math exit tickets:

  • Keep the amount of problems to a minimum. Depending on the subject, put one to five problems on each ticket.
  • Use it to review previously taught material, not teach new material.
  • Should take up to five minutes for students to complete.

Math exit tickets are great to review what students know, and can be a great tool to use at the end of a lesson or as part of a station.

You can make your own exit tickets pretty easily through different online tools, such as Google Docs/Slides or Microsoft Apps. I also have math exit tickets available in my TpT store for third, fourth, and fifth grade (with more being added!). 


These exit tickets could be focused on a specific book, writing skill, or vocabulary. These can be easily adapted for that specific topic, or be general enough to easily take out and use in the spur of the moment for a quick review.

Some ways to use exit tickets for reading and writing could be:

  • Reviewing vocabulary meaning and terms.
  • Spelling and word work practice.
  • Book specific questions for novel studies or curriculum story comprehension.
  • Grammar practice and review.

The beauty with exit tickets is they can be over as simple or complex of a topic as you would like!

In my classroom, I use vocabulary exit tickets to review word meanings and check for my student’s understanding on what they understand for a word’s meaning.

I use the ones here in my TpT store that can be easily adapted and used with any list of spelling or vocabulary words!

Other Subjects

You can truly make exit tickets for any subject!

Once you have a topic for review, think of a couple questions to ask students to check for their understanding. 

Some ideas could be:

  • Reviewing art topics.
  • Discussing historical events.
  • Asking for student opinions based around a specific topic.
  • Having students draw specific shapes or model a specific technique on the paper.

I like making my exit tickets half a page, then copying and pasting it below so I have two exit tickets to print on one page that simply need to be cut in half (saves paper!).

Simple Review

Use exit tickets for a simple way to review and strengthen student learning! They allow for a great grading point, and give you as much flexibility as you need to check for student understanding.

The questions you create could be complex, simple, or in between.

Do you have any ideas for creating your own exit tickets? You can use my contact form to ask any other questions you may have about creating or using exit tickets!

Thanks for reading, and happy teaching!


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