3 Simple Exit Tickets to Boost Student Comprehension

What kind of formative assessments do you use in your classes? One simple, yet powerful type I love to use is the exit ticket.

An exit ticket can be done in two or three minutes at the end of class. Students fill out a small form and leave it as they exit the classroom.

Exit tickets provide quick information about student learning and understanding. They also require the student to apply knowledge from the lesson, which helps to deepen learning. Finally, exit tickets challenge students to synthesize information and express their understanding in their own words.

These tickets can take any form you like. They are generally short (only a couple of questions) and provide students with a chance to share what they learned from the lesson.

Here are three kinds of exit tickets to try in your classroom.

3, 2, 1 Exit Ticket

Here, students are asked to share three things they learned, two things they want to learn more about, and one question they have. This strategy can work at any time during a lesson, but it works particularly well as an exit ticket. You can download printable 3, 2, 1 exit tickets below.

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This is a great way to get a clear overview of student understanding. Plus, if  I notice many students have a similar question, I know I need to address it in our next class.

Blank Exit Ticket

If you only have a small amount of time left at the end of the class, you might not have time for the 3, 2, 1 strategy. For these instances, a one-question exit slip, like the downloadable example below, is a great option.

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You can choose any question you’d like. Of course, it can relate to the content of the day’s lesson, but you can consider other things as well.

Some examples might include:

  • Asking students how they felt about a specific instructional strategy you used
  • Asking students what art material they most want to learn about next
  • Asking students to assess themselves on things like focus or time management

One other idea is to ask students to give you direct feedback on your instruction. For example, you might ask students how you can better help them understand the content. I have learned a lot about my students and my teaching through the use of this strategy!

Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are great for exit tickets. I write a question on the board and have my students stick their notes directly on the board as they finish.

sticky notes

This allows me to use what I see on the notes during closure if I have time. And like the other forms of exit tickets, I can quickly assess what I may need to emphasize in my next class. I can then save the notes as data to use later on.

Whatever form of exit ticket you choose, you are likely to find them valuable. They are quick and easy, as well as a powerful tool to assess student learning.

Do you use exit tickets?

What is your favorite form of exit ticket?

Anne-Marie Slinkman

Anne-Marie teaches elementary art in Virginia. She is a life-long learner who is passionate about providing relevant and meaningful art experiences for all students.


  • mary kernan

    At the elementary level I will have the students write on the back of their artwork (if dry) the elements we used or important vocabulary as they are cleaning up. Then before I pass them back and/or grade them, I will comment on their writing. This is a great way to also show parents what they are learning if they see the back.

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  • David Boyer

    I came up with a way for students to be more interactive when attending an art show. I have my students create a QR code for their artist statement. They use the AP and write their statements and then print them off. I attach the code to the front of the art work. Then I create a QR code scavenger hunt. The students use their phones and scan the code and learn more about the artist.

    • Alana Tashjian

      Hi David, what App do you use to do this? I’d love to do this in my school here in Shanghai since QR codes are ubiquitous in China!

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