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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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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 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


  • The Davidson Media Center

  • Subject Teachers

  • EE Coordinator