EXTENDED ESSAY 101 AN Overview of the Extended Essay

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  • 4000 words or less
  • Topic of your choice within the TES-approved IB subjects
  • Advanced research and analysis are required
  • You'll select a teacher supervisor to work with from start to finish
  • Time management skills are vital (avoid procrastination)
  • Graded by IB representatives worldwide based on five criteria
  • Extended essay is required for all DP students, optional for course students
  • Must earn a D or higher to receive credit
  • 4,000-word extended essay must be accompanied by a 500-word reflection
  • Extended essay is the result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student
  • Student and supervisor must meet at least three times (3-5 hours combined)
  • You will receive specific instructions and deadlines along the way to guide you through the process

The extended essay is a unique opportunity for students to explore an academic area in which they have a personal interest. This takes the form of an independently written research paper that allows students to demonstrate their passion, enthusiasm, intellectual initiative and/or creative approach for their chosen topic.

The aims of the extended essay are for students to:

  • engage in independent research with intellectual initiative and rigour
  • develop research, thinking, self-management and communication skills
  • reflect on what has been learned throughout the research and writing process.

Quality, not quantity, is the focus of the extended essay. The essay is to be the authentic, personal work of the student and to provide the student with the opportunity to engage in independent research. Emphasis is placed on the development of the skills of organizing and expressing ideas logically and coherently.

In working on the extended essay, students are expected to:

• plan and pursue a research project with intellectual initiative and insight

• formulate a precise research question

• gather and interpret material from sources appropriate to the research question

• structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question on the basis of the material gathered

• present their extended essay in a format appropriate to the subject, acknowledging sources in one of the established academic ways

• use the terminology and language appropriate to the subject with skill and understanding

• apply analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject, with an understanding of the implications and the context of their research.


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