The IB Extended Essay is intended to equip students with vital skills necessary for success in higher education, the workplace and other areas of life. These skills include:
The Extended Essay also supports students' engagement with the academic disciplines. Helping students consider multiple viewpoints, the project fosters international mindedness and leadership skills.
According to Extended Essay guidelines, students must spend 40 hours developing their projects. Many of our students are so enthusiastic about exploring topics of interest to them that they spend considerably more than the recommended time researching and reflecting on their topics.
Students need to complete several steps as part of the Extended Essay. Some of the important ones are:
Choosing a topic
Framing a research question
Planning the research process
Carrying out the research
Structuring and writing
Students must also participate in three mandatory reflection sessions with their supervisors. The final meeting, known as the viva voce, is a concluding interview. The viva voce is helpful career preparation, should students seek a position that requires an interview to be considered for employment.
The IB Extended Essay is graded by an IB-appointed independent evaluator according to established criteria. Papers are marked on a scale of 0-34, and the project can add up to 3 points to a student's overall IB DP score when used in conjunction with the TOK grade. To complete the project successfully, students must receive a grade of D or higher. Other important evaluation criteria include:
Focus and method
Knowledge and understanding