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Score Descriptors for each Criterion:

  • A - Focus and Method
  • B - Knowledge and Understanding
  • C - Critical Thinking
  • D - Presentation
  • E - Engagement

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Grade Boundaries

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What's Expected?

  • A: Focus/Method
  • B: Knowledge
  • C: Critical Thinking
  • D: Presentation
  • E: Engagement
  • A: Focus and Method (6 marks)
  • B: Knowledge and Understanding (6 marks)
  • C: Critical Thinking (12 marks)
  • D: Presentation (4 marks)
  • E: Engagement (6 marks)
  • Total marks possible: 34 (see grade boundaries below)
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  • Printable:  Details for each criterion , via the Oxford guide

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Criterion A:  Focus and Method (6 points)

What It Means:   This criterion focuses on the topic, the research question and the methodology. It assesses the explanation of the focus of the research (this includes the topic and the research question), how the research will be undertaken, and how the focus is maintained throughout the essay.

Questions to ask:  

  • Does this essay meet the requirements for the subject for which you are registering it?
  • Is your research question stated as a question?
  • Have you explained how your research question relates to the subject that you selected for the extended essay?
  • Have you given an insight into why your area of study is important?
  • Is your research question feasible within the scope of the task? Could your research question be “answered” or it is too vague?
  • Did you refer to your research question throughout the essay (not only in the introduction and conclusion)?
  • Did you explain why you selected your methodology?
  • Are there other possible methods that could be used or applied to answer your research question? How might this change the direction of your research?
  • If you stated a particular methodology in the introduction of your essay, or specific sources, have you used them?
  • Are there any references listed in the bibliography that were not directly cited in the text?

(Source: Susan Trower, via West Sound Academy)

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Criterion B:  Knowledge and Understanding (6 points)

What It Means:   This criterion assesses the extent to which the research relates to the subject area/discipline used to explore the research question; or in the case of the world studies extended essay, the issue addressed and the two disciplinary perspectives applied; and additionally, the way in which this knowledge and understanding is demonstrated through the use of appropriate terminology and concepts.

  • Have you explained how your research question relates to a specific subject you selected for the extended essay?
  • Have you used relevant terminology and concepts throughout your essay as they relate to your particular area of research?
  • Is it clear that the sources you are using are relevant and appropriate to your research question?
  • Do you have a range of sources, or have you only relied on one particular type, for example internet sources?
  • Is there a reason why you might not have a range? Is this justified?

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(Source: Oxford EE manual, p. 110)

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Criterion C:  Critical Thinking (12 points)

What It Means:   This criterion assesses the extent to which critical thinking skills have been used to analyze and evaluate the research undertaken.

  • Have you made links between your results and data collected and your research question?
  • If you included data or information that is not directly related to your research question have you explained its importance?
  • Are your conclusions supported by your data?
  • If you found unexpected information or data have you discussed its importance?
  • Have you provided a critical evaluation of the methods you selected?
  • Have you considered the reliability of your sources (peer-reviewed journals, internet, and so on)?
  • Have you mentioned and evaluated the significance of possible errors that may have occurred in your research?
  • Are all your suggestions of errors or improvements relevant?
  • Have you evaluated your research question?
  • Have you compared your results or findings with any other sources?
  • Is there an argument that is clear and easy to follow and directly linked to answering your research question, and which is supported by evidence? Are there other possible methods that could be used or applied to answer your research question? How might this change the direction of your research?

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(Source: Oxford EE Manual p. 111)

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Criterion D:  Presentation ( 4 points)

What It Means:   This criterion assesses the extent to which the presentation follows the standard format expected for academic writing and the extent to which this aids effective communication.

  • Have you read and understood the presentation requirements of the extended essay?
  • Have you chosen a font that will be easy for examiners to read on-screen?
  • Is your essay double-spaced and size 12 font?
  • Are the title and research question mentioned on the cover page?
  • Are all pages numbered?
  • Have you prepared a correct table of contents?
  • Do the page numbers in the table of contents match the page numbers in the text?
  • Is your essay subdivided into correct sub-sections, if this is applicable to the subject?
  • Are all figures and tables properly numbered and labelled?
  • Does your bibliography contain only the sources cited in the text?
  • Did you use the same reference system throughout the essay?
  • Does the essay have less than 4,000 words?
  • Is all the material presented in the appendices relevant and necessary?
  • Have you proofread the text for spelling or grammar errors?

Criterion E: Engagement

  • Three reflections (best after meeting with your supervisor)
  • 500 words TOTAL (100 + 150 + 250?)
  • Reflections are done in Managebac on your Reflection space
  • See the "Reflections" tab above for prompts to write about

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(Source: Oxford EE Manual p.135)

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(Source: Oxford EE Manual p.133)

  • Sample Reflections
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Criterion E:  Engagement (6 points)

What It Means:   This criterion assesses the student’s engagement with their research focus and the research process. It will be applied by the examiner at the end of the assessment of the essay, after considering the student’s RPPF (Reflections on planning and progress form).

  • Have you demonstrated your engagement with your research topic and the research process?
  • Have you highlighted challenges you faced and how you overcame them?
  • Will the examiner get a sense of your intellectual and skills development?
  • Will the examiner get a sense of your creativity and intellectual initiative?
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Extended Essay: Extended Essay- The Basics

  • Extended Essay- The Basics
  • Step 1. Choose a Subject
  • Step 2. Educate yourself!
  • Using Brainstorming and Mind Maps
  • Identify Keywords
  • Do Background Reading
  • Define Your Topic
  • Conduct Research in a Specific Discipline
  • Step 5. Draft a Research Question
  • Step 6. Create a Timeline
  • Find Articles
  • Find Primary Sources
  • Get Help from Experts
  • Search Engines, Repositories, & Directories
  • Databases and Websites by Subject Area
  • Create an Annotated Bibliography
  • Advice (and Warnings) from the IB
  • Chicago Citation Syle
  • MLA Works Cited & In-Text Citations
  • Step 9. Set Deadlines for Yourself
  • Step 10. Plan a structure for your essay
  • Evaluate & Select: the CRAAP Test
  • Conducting Secondary Research
  • Conducting Primary Research
  • Formal vs. Informal Writing
  • Presentation Requirements
  • Evaluating Your Work

The Extended Essay - the Basics

This guide explains the process required to complete the IB Extended Essay - from the initial step of choosing a research topic, through effectively searching for information and organizing your sources to presenting your findings with accurate references and citations.

On this page you can find information on:

What is the Extended Essay? Extended Essay Timeline, Class of 2025 (Due Dates and Assignments) How to Get Started - the Twelve-step Plan for Researching the EE IB Extended Essay Guide, first exams 2018

Extended Essay Timeline, Class of 2025 (Due Dates and Assignments)

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This timeline applies to students submitting Extended Essays or Senior Essays. Completion of an Extended Essay or Senior Essay is required for graduation from West Sound Academy.

EE grade for Semester 2, 2022-2023, is ¼ credit Pass/Fail grade.

February 2, 2024:

Juniors meet on Project Day for a half day on campus, to do beginning work on their Extended essays with EE Coordinator, 8:20 AM to 12:20 PM. Topics covered:

  • Definition of what an EE is
  • The available subjects
  • How to find a good topic
  • Steps to take to finish the EE
  • EE deadlines – for the writing and the reflections
  • Available resources: WSA Library Guides, NoodleTools, and Toddle
  • Using Toddle to submit components of your EE

Students will:

  • Note area(s) of interest
  • Pick an area (or areas) for exploration or as a topic
  • Find out what they need to know about their EE subject area specifically (Example: “My subject area asks me to consider & ethical/legal implications that are specific to my topic/subject”.)
  • Create a NoodleTools project for their EE, and share with EE Coordinator
  • Begin initial research on the topic of interest to identify potential sources
  • Question to ask: is this viable as a subject and topic choice?
  • Begin to create a bibliography using NoodleTools

March 15, 2024:

Juniors meet on Project Day for a half day on campus, to do continue work on their Extended essays with EE Coordinator, 8:20 AM to 12:20 PM. Topics covered:

  • Assignment of supervisors
  • Tips for developing a good research question
  • How, and where, to do your research
  • Using the Researcher’s Reflection Space
  • Tips for writing reflections for the EE
  • Annotating sources in NoodleTools
  • Time to do research

April, 2024: Preliminary meeting(s) with your supervisor and initial research

May 27 - 31, 2024: Initial reflection session with supervisor

June - August 2024

Research and write the first complete draft.

Draft must conform to IB Formal Presentation Requirements. 

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Body of Paper
  • In-text citations (MLA) or Footnotes (Chicago)
  • Readable, 12-point font (for example, Arial or Calibri)
  • Double-spaced text
  • Numbered pages
  • Indented paragraphs
  • Appropriate margins (1" on all sides is acceptable)
  • Research question
  • IB Extended Essay subject

September 30 - October 18, 2024: Student has revision conference with supervisor -  Supervisor provides comments on the first complete draft.

October 28 - November 8, 2024: Interim Reflection Session with supervisor

February 3 - 14, 2025 : Final Reflection Session  (Viva Voce) with supervisor

EE grade for 2024-2025 is ¼ credit letter grade, and is posted to transcript in June, 2025.

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What is the Extended Essay?

The extended essay is a required component of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). 

It is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

What is the significance of the extended essay?

The extended essay provides:

  • practical preparation for undergraduate research
  • an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of personal interest to them, which relates to one of the student's six DP subjects, or takes the interdisciplinary approach of a World Studies extended essay.

Through the research process for the extended essay, students develop skills in:

  • formulating an appropriate research question
  • engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
  • communicating ideas
  • developing an argument. 

Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyze, synthesize and evaluate knowledge.

An extended essay can also be undertaken in  world studies , where students carry out an in-depth interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance, across two IB diploma disciplines.

How is study of the extended essay structured?

Students are supported throughout the process of researching and writing the extended essay, with advice and guidance from a supervisor who is usually a teacher at the school.

The IB recommends that students follow the completion of the written essay with a short, concluding interview with their supervisor. This is known as  viva voce.

The extended essay and interview can be a valuable stimulus for discussion in countries where interviews are required prior to acceptance for employment or for a place at university.

How is the extended essay assessed?

All extended essays are externally assessed by examiners appointed by the IB. They are marked on a scale from 0 to 34.

The score a student receives relates to a band. The bands are:

  • A – work of an excellent standard.
  • B – work of a good standard.
  • C –work of a satisfactory standard.
  • D – work of a mediocre standard.
  • E – work of an elementary standard.

Students are evaluated on five criterion:

  • Criterion A – focus and method.
  • Criterion B – knowledge and understanding.
  • Criterion C – critical thinking.
  • Criterion D – presentation.
  • Criterion E – engagement.

However, when your supervisor marks your essay in order to arrive at a predicted grade, the grading will be based on the  qualitative  grade descriptors for the EE, not a translation of a number score into a letter grade.

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Find out how points awarded for the extended essay contribute to a student’s  overall diploma score .

Source:    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme website

Twelve-step Plan for Researching the Extended Essay

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1.  Choose an available Diploma Programme subject for the extended essay for the session in question.

2.  Educate yourself. Read the following materials:  the assessment criteria, relevant subject-specific chapter of the Extended Essay guide, the IB's ethical guidelines and other associated policies where relevant, such as those relating to animal experiments

3. Set up the Researcher's Reflective Space (RRS) and use this as the key planning and reflection tool for the extended essay process.

4.  Choose a topic and undertake some background reading in it.

5.  Formulate a preliminary research question.  Try to incorporate an IB command term in the research question if possible.

6.  Draw up an outline plan for the research and writing process.  This should include a timeline.

7.  Begin to identify how and where you will gather source material for your research.

8.  Identify which system of academic referencing they will use, ensuring that this meets the minimum requirements for the IB.

9.  Set deadlines for yourself that are realistic and take into consideration WSA's internal EE deadlines.

10.  Plan a structure for the essay.  This may change as the research develops but it is useful to have a sense of direction from the start.

11.  Undertake some preparatory reading in light of the proposed research question.  NOTE:  If you discover that it will not be possible to obtain the evidence needed in the time available, the research question should be changed.  This is  better done sooner rather than later; do not lose time waiting and hoping that something will turn up.  Go back to step 3, 2, or 1, and choose a new research question that can be answered.

12.  Carry out the research.  The material collected should be assembled in a logical order, linked to the structure of the essay and clearly focused on the research question posed.  Only then will you know that you have enough evidence for each stage of the argument so that you can proceed to the next.  You should be prepared for things to occasionally go wrong.  Sometimes you may discover something later in the research that undermines what you thought had been established earlier.  If that happens, your research plan needs to be revised.

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IB Extended Essay Rubric. Grading Criteria

Hello, IB scholars! As an experienced IB mentor, I understand the importance of fully grasping the IB extended essay rubric. Your extended essay is a significant part of your diploma, and knowing the grading criteria is crucial for success. From my experience, a clear understanding of this rubric can distinguish between an average essay and one that truly stands out.

What Is IB DP Extended Essay?

The IB extended essay is a core component of the Diploma Programme, aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It is independent, self-directed research that finishes with a paper of a specific word count . The project offers an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of their choosing, giving them a taste of what university study is like.

The extended essay aims to develop high-level research and writing skills and creativity. It allows students to engage in personal research on a topic of their own choice under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). It leads to a significant piece of formally presented, structured writing in which ideas and findings are communicated rationally and coherently appropriate to the chosen subject. Students select a topic that interests them and aligns with one of the subjects in the IB curriculum. It could range from history to biology, literature, or even mathematics. I also recommend you avoid overused IB extended essay topics .

Moreover, the IB extended essay is highly valued by universities, as it gives students a chance to demonstrate their ability to undertake serious research projects and communicate their findings effectively. It is also an excellent opportunity for students to research a topic of personal interest in depth.

Key Components of the IB Extended Essay

First things first, let’s talk about the basics. Every extended essay needs a properly formatted title page, a concise abstract summarizing your work, and a clear table of contents. It sets the stage for a well-organized essay, and, believe me, getting these elements right from the start sets a positive tone for the graders.

Remember that your introduction should present your research question and the scope of your investigation. The body of your essay should then methodically break down this question, supported by evidence. Lastly, your conclusion must briefly summarize your findings and reflect on the research process. As I know, a well-structured essay helps maintain focus and keeps your argument compelling.

Moreover, accurate referencing and well-organized appendices are not just a formality. They demonstrate your dedication to academic integrity and detail, which, according to general IB criteria, are essential for a top-grade paper.

Detailed Breakdown of IB Extended Essay Rubric

The extended essay is assessed externally by IB examiners. It is graded based on criteria that evaluate the paper’s formal presentation, the student’s ability to conduct research, the development of their argument, and their overall reflection on the learning process. These criteria focus on the essay’s structure, the research question’s clarity and purpose, the research’s extent and depth, and the findings’ analysis and discussion.

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Criterion A. Focus and Method (6 points)

From my extensive experience as an IB educator, I’ve observed that the clarity of your focus and the robustness of your methodology are foundational to your essay’s success. This criterion evaluates how effectively you define and approach your research question. It’s not merely about choosing a topic but about demonstrating a sharp, precise focus and deploying a methodological approach that is both rigorous and appropriate to your subject.

A strong focus helps maintain the relevancy of your research. At the same time, a robust methodology ensures that the investigation is conducted systematically and scientifically, which is essential for producing credible and reliable results.

Criterion B. Knowledge and Understanding (6 points)

Your essay should also demonstrate a profound understanding of the topic. This criterion goes beyond simply recounting facts. It involves analyzing these facts, connecting different pieces of information, and critically discussing their implications.

It’s about showing your grader that you’re not just repeating information but can interpret and contextualize it within the framework of your research question. A deep engagement with the material will showcase your ability to synthesize knowledge and contribute original insights to the discourse on your chosen topic.

Criterion C. Critical Thinking (12 points)

Critical thinking lies at the heart of the IB philosophy and is essential to your success in the extended essay. This criterion involves the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of knowledge.

From my years guiding IB students, essays that score well in this criterion typically present well-constructed arguments supported by robust evidence. They also consider and address potential counterarguments, demonstrating students’ ability to think broadly and critically about their topic. It improves the essay’s depth and illustrates the student’s capacity for balanced reasoning.

Criterion D. Presentation (4 points)

The way you present your essay is critically essential. This criterion assesses the organization, clarity of expression, and adherence to the prescribed formatting guidelines. These elements significantly influence your essay’s readability and its overall impact on the reader.

From my experience, a well-presented essay not only makes the content more accessible but also leaves a powerful impression of professionalism and attention to detail. Proper formatting, a clear structure, and a coherent presentation of ideas facilitate effective communication of your research findings.

Criterion E. Engagement (6 points)

Lastly, your engagement with the research question can significantly boost the quality of your essay. This criterion measures how well you demonstrate your motivation, interest, and effort in your research.

Essays that reflect genuine curiosity and enthusiasm stand out; they capture the reader’s attention and make the discussion more compelling. From my experience, students who connect personally with their topic are more likely to persevere in the face of challenges and produce insightful and engaging work. Your investment in the topic is evident through meticulous research, thoughtful analysis, and an enthusiastic presentation of your findings.

Strategies to Maximize Scores in Each EE Grading Area

Focus and method (Criterion A) begins with a well-defined research question that is specific and manageable, guiding your entire research process. Outline your methodologies clearly, showing their relevance to your research question, and justify why these methods best fit your study.

Knowledge and understanding (Criterion B) require a demonstration of both breadth and depth. You should:

  • Use a range of sources . Use diverse sources to show a broad understanding, then focus on specific areas for detailed research.
  • Link to course concepts . Connect your discussions with theories and concepts from your IB courses, which adds depth and context.
  • Focus on analysis . Distinguish your essay from mere description to analysis, providing insights demonstrating a deep understanding of your topic.

For critical thinking (Criterion C) , construct a coherent argument that is evident throughout your essay, supported by robust evidence. Evaluate the reliability of your sources and include various perspectives to enrich your discussion and demonstrate comprehensive analysis.

Presentation (Criterion D) is crucial and should adhere to the IB’s strict formatting guidelines. Ensure that your essay is well-organized, with logical transitions between sections, and rigorously proofread to enhance readability and coherence.

Lastly, engagement (Criterion E) can significantly boost your score. Reflect on your learning and research path, highlighting any challenges and strategies to overcome them. Show your passion and personal connection to the topic, which enriches the authenticity and depth of your engagement.

Common Mistakes in IB Extended Essays

Knowing common pitfalls in writing an IB extended essay can significantly impact the quality and effectiveness of your work. Understanding and implementing strategies to avoid these mistakes boost your final submission.

One major issue that often plagues students is straying from the research question. It’s easy to diverge into tangential areas, especially when the topic is broad or fascinating. To avoid this, always keep your research question in mind as you write and research. Make it a practice to regularly refer back to the question, ensuring that all parts of your essay directly contribute to addressing it. This focused approach keeps your essay coherent and tightly structured.

Another critical mistake is overlooking the importance of formatting and presentation. Many students fail IB extended essays because they don’t realize that a well-formatted work is not just about aesthetics but also reflects the seriousness of your work. Proper formatting helps to organize information clearly and makes it easier for examiners to follow your arguments.

To avoid losing points on presentation, strictly adhere to the IB extended essay guidelines, which include specifications for the structure, font size, line spacing, and citation style. Moreover, thoroughly proofreading your essay to correct typographical, grammatical, and formatting errors can substantially affect how your work is perceived.

Additionally, some students underestimate the importance of a concise, impactful introduction and conclusion. The introduction should present your research question, outline your approach, and capture the reader’s interest. A strong introduction sets the essay’s tone and clarifies what to expect. Similarly, the conclusion should briefly summarize the essential findings and reflect on the significance of the research. It’s your final chance to impress and convey the depth of your analysis and its contributions to the field.

Understanding and adhering to the IB extended essay rubric is crucial. These guidelines help you structure your research and deepen your engagement with the topic. Armed with the right strategies, you’ll be well on your way to excelling in your IB extended essay.

Keep these guidelines in mind, stay organized, and let your curiosity guide your research. Good luck, and remember that our experienced IB experts are always available to help with your extended essay .

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Failed Your Extended Essay? What to Do?

In this article, I’ll consider the immediate steps you should take after receiving an EE score that didn’t meet your expectations. We’ll discuss how to analyze feedback effectively, manage your emotions, and consider whether a retake is the right choice for you. If a retake isn’t feasible, we’ll look at alternative paths that can still lead you to diploma success.

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Example essays

The International Baccalaureate® (IB)  programme resource centre,  a key resource for educators at IB World Schools, includes several examples of  extended essay titles .

These highlight the diverse range of topics covered by International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students during their extended essays.

Some examples are:

  • “An analysis of costume as a source for understanding the inner life of the character”
  • “A study of malnourished children in Indonesia and the extent of their recovery after a period of supervised improved nutrition.”
  • “Doing  versus  being: language and reality in the Mimamsa school of Indian philosophy.” 
  • “The effects of sugar-free chewing gum on the pH of saliva in the mouth after a meal.”
  • “To what extent has the fall in the exchange rate of the US dollar affected the tourist industry in Carmel, California?”
  •  “What level of data compression in music files is acceptable to the human ear?”

Also available in the programma resource centre , the Diploma Programme Assessment Procedures has guidance on choosing a subject for the extended essay.

The PRC is only available to existing IB World Schools.

You can also purchase examples of essays in the IB Store . These essays fulfil the requirements for an ‘A’ grade in the extended essay.

If your school is not one already, learn how to become an IB World School  in order to implement the DP.

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  1. Extended essay - International Baccalaureate®

    The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. One component of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core, the extended essay is mandatory for all students.

  2. Assessment Criteria - IB Extended Essay - LibGuides at Shekou ...

    Overview: Five Criterion, each worth various points: A: Focus and Method (6 marks) B: Knowledge and Understanding (6 marks) C: Critical Thinking (12 marks) D: Presentation (4 marks) E: Engagement (6 marks) Total marks possible: 34 (see grade boundaries below) Handy Links: Printable: Full Rubric.

  3. Extended Essay: Extended Essay- The Basics - West Sound Academy

    A list of the steps necessary in order to carry out the research required for writing the IB Extended Essay - choosing the subject and topic, doing the required reading of IB rules and guidelines, writing the initial research question, and more.

  4. Guide -

    IB mission statement The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.


    The Extended Essay (EE) is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects - normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB Diploma (in exceptional cases a topic where the student has significant background

  6. Extended Essay resources - International Baccalaureate®

    50 more extended essays, a DVD of essays submitted in the DP that all fulfil the requirements for an ‘A’ grade in the current syllabus. The Extended Essay Guide, a free material in the Programme Resource Centre (PRC), which requires a log-in given to IB World Schools.

  7. IB Extended Essay Rubric: Understand Grading Criteria

    Learn how the IB extended essay rubric grades your work. Get tips to meet and excel in each grading criterion effectively. Understanding the IB extended essay rubric is essential for success.

  8. Breaking Down the EE Rubric: Criterion A - IB Student Chronicle

    As you go through the IB program, you'll notice that many of the writing rubrics for any important essay you write for IB (for example, all of your Internal Assessments that we'll discuss soon and the Extended Essay) are broken down into 5 different criterion A-E.


    The extended essay (EE) is one of the cornerstones of the IB Diploma Programme. Along with theory of knowledge (TOK) and creativity, activity & service (CAS), it forms the core of the Diploma Programme. Students need to complete a 4000-word research paper that tests their research, analytical, and written communication skills.

  10. Examples | Extended Essay - International Baccalaureate®

    These highlight the diverse range of topics covered by International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students during their extended essays. Some examples are: “An analysis of costume as a source for understanding the inner life of the character”