An Extended Essay in History involves examining a significant local, regional or global event which occurred at least 10 years ago. The essay should focus on a systematic investigation and critical analysis of source material rather than describing and summarising a historic event. The strongest essays have a narrowly-focused research question and include the use of both primary and secondary sources.

For more details about this Extended Essay option, read the subject-specific guidance from the IB Extended Essay guide below.

History guidelines.pdf

For recommendations from the examiner, read the Extended Essay report below.

History examiner's report.pdf

Example essays and examiner comments:

History example B essay.pdf

Essay A

History example B examiners comments.docx

Examiner comments

History example A essay.pdf

Essay B

History example A examiners comments.docx

Examiner comments