IB Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write an extended essay.
The extended essay, approximately 4000 words or 10-12 pages, is defined as an in-depth study of a limited topic chosen from one of the six subject groups of the IB curriculum. The extended essay offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and to become acquainted with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level.
Diploma candidates will be supervised by a faculty member who can provide academic guidance for the subject in which the extended essay is registered and will ensure that the essay is the candidate's own work. The faculty supervisor will also furnish help with time management, and the overall structure and presentation of the paper.
Work on Essay Starts Junior Year
In the second semester of the junior year, each student will decide on a topic and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. Students will be expected to begin working on the essay during their junior year, as well as over the course of the summer between their junior and senior years.
The extended essay will be submitted near the end of the first semester of their senior year.