The Nature of the Extended Essay
The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects – normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB diploma. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen. It is recommended that completion if the written essay is followed by a short concluding interview, or viva voce, with the supervisor.
The Extended Essay is assessed against common criteria, interpreted in ways appropriate to each subject.
The Extended Essay is:
- compulsory for all Diploma Programme students
- externally assessed and, in combination with the grade for TOK, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB diploma
- a piece of independent research/investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with a supervisor in the school
- chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects, published in the Handbook of Procedures
- presented as a formal piece of scholarship containing no more than 4,000 words
- concluded with a short interview, or viva voce, with the supervising teacher.