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Extended Essay (EE)


Students investigate a topic of special interest to them related to one of the six subjects studied or in World Studies. This provides practical preparation for university academic writing.

The Extended Essay is:

  • compulsory for all Diploma Programme students,

  • externally assessed and, in combination with the grade for TOK, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB diploma,

  • an independent research/investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with a supervisor in the school,

  • presented as a formal piece of academic writing containing no more than 4,000 words,

  • the result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student,

  • concluded with a short interview, or Viva Voce, with the supervising teacher (recommended).

In the Diploma Programme, the extended essay is the prime example of a piece of work where the student has the opportunity to show knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm about a topic of his or her choice.

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