Exit Pass


The Exit Pass teaching strategy can help students to process new concepts, reflect on what they have learned in class, and capture what they are thinking and/or how they are feeling.


  1. Determine what key concept you would like students to contemplate.
  2. A few minutes before the end of class, distribute Exit Passes and ask students to respond to a prompt related to your key concept. If possible, have the prompt printed on the Exit Pass, sticky note, or write it somewhere visible to all students.
  3. Collect Exit Passes as students leave the classroom.
  4. Review the responses to determine how you might plan instruction for the next class in order to best meet the needs of your students.

Important Considerations

Exit Passes are designed for use as students are leaving a class. Be sure to leave sufficient time for students to engage in self-reflection and critical thinking as they fill out their Exit Passes.

An Exit Pass is also a useful tool in informal assessment, as it provides a rapid measure of students’ understanding of a concept and allows educators to adapt and differentiate both their planning and instruction.