The IB Extended Essay

What is the Extended Essay?

What is the Extended Essay?


The Basics
Important part of our Diploma Program
  • Extended Essay can decide if a student earns their IB diploma
Research
  • On one of the student’s six subjects of study
  • “Intended to promote high level research skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.”
  • What is real research?
Independent
  • Topic of student’s own choosing
  • All work completed outside of school
    • Only with help from their supervisor for support and guidance
  • TOK teachers introduce the project
Extended
  • Culminates in 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.”
    • Should be just short of a 4,000 word essay
  • Result of about 40 hours of work by the student

For a much more complete explanation of the Extended Essay and the process, please see the IB Extended Essay Guide attached below. This publication is also available at occ.ibo.org. For login information, please speak with Ms. Kathy Westrich.