What is an Extended Essay?

The extended essay (EE) is a research paper of up to 4000 words for the International Baccalaureate (IB), gives students an opportunity to conduct independent research or investigation on a topic that interests them. Like the theory of knowledge (TOK essay and presentation), and participation in creativity, action, service activities, the extended essay is a mandatory prerequisite for the award of the IB Diploma. However, students taking the IB Certificate program do not have the Extended Essay in their program. Our tutors will apply the IB standards and provide the necessary support to students to carry out their research.

Information about subjects

The extended essay is required to be taken from the field of one of the IB subjects being studied. However, the topic should not be too broad or too narrow to make it difficult to write 4,000 words. It is recommended that the topic on which the extended essay is written is one that the candidate has formally studied, but this is not mandatory. Also, the EE cannot be written in different subjects. However, some subjects include several disciplines, with an emphasis on one.

Bands for my project

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.

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