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EE Coordinator: Lydia Shantazio. The Extended Essay. I.B. Extended Essays. Students will pick a subject within one of the following groups . To find a complete list of allowable subjects, consult the I.B. Vade Mecum. What is the Extended Essay? .

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Ee coordinator lydia shantazio

EE Coordinator: Lydia Shantazio

The Extended Essay

I b extended essays

I.B. Extended Essays

Students will pick a subject within one of the following groups .

To find a complete list of allowable subjects, consult the I.B. Vade Mecum

What is the extended essay

What is the Extended Essay?

  • The Extended Essay is a 4,000 word in-depth study of a limited topic within a subject.

  • It is a requirement for all Diploma candidates.

  • It is an opportunity to engage in independent research.

  • It is a chance to get bonus points towards the Diploma total.

  • It should take about 40 hours to complete.

Choice of subject

Choice of Subject

  • Choose a subject that you enjoy.

  • You may choose any IB subject, but it is usually better to choose one that you are studying.

  • You may not write a Group 2 essay in a language you are studying as A1.

    (e.g. If you are studying Spanish A1, you may not write an extended essay in Spanish B)

Choice of subject1

Choice of Subject

Choice of supervisor

Choice of Supervisor

  • You will be assigned a mentor based on the subject that you choose.

Choice of topic

Choice of Topic

  • Your mentor may give you limited assistance.

  • The topic should allow you to collect information, analyze and evaluate in depth.

The research question

The Research Question

  • Narrow the focus of the topic down to a research question or hypothesis

  • Get ideas from previous essays

  • Make sure that the question is challenging, but capable of being answered.

  • Keep referring back to the research question as you write the essay.



  • General criteria (common to all subjects)



  • Although the Extended Essay does not directly count towards your grade, it will affect your diploma status.





More advice

More Advice

  • Avoid Plagiarism! Cite all of your reference material correctly!

  • Keep a list of all references from the beginning of your research.

  • Aim to be 90% finished by August of your 12th Grade year.

  • Meet the deadlines!

More information

More Information

  • Extended Essay Booklet

  • I.B. Vade Mecum


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