Learn the requirements of the EE
Understand importance of EE
Understand key components of successful EEs
Know where to go for help!
The Extended Essay is…
“an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with
a 4,000-word paper. The extended essay an opportunity for
students to investigate a topic of special interest to them,
which is also related to one of the student's six DP subjects. ”
What is the Extended Essay? International Baccalaureate
Organization. Cardiff: Pearson, 2015. Web.
Tell me More!
Required for all IB students
1 year, 40 hours
Completed outside of class time
Formal academic essay
Abstract, Table of Contents, Works Cited
Scale of 0-36 points
Letter grade of A-E
Why do I have to do this?
Because the IB says so…
Preparation for university-level work
Focus on an area YOU are interested in
What else should I know?
BMS teacher will supervise
Science subjects include experimental work
Internal deadlines along the way
Viva Voce at the end
What does the supervisor do?
Help you formulate a research question
Advise you on resources and research techniques
Read and comment on the first draft
Monitor your progress towards deadlines
Participate in the Viva Voce
What DOESN’T the supervisor do?
Chase you down for meetings
Do your research or write your essay for you
Proofread for grammar and spelling
What is the Viva Voce?
10-15 minute concluding interview
An opportunity for you to reflect on the process and the
An opportunity for you to reflect on successes and
difficulties in the research process
A check against plagiarism
Helps your supervisor write their final report
How do I get started?
1. Choose a subject
2. Choose your supervisor
3. Choose your topic
Offer opportunities for research?
4. Find sources and start background reading
5. Formulate a research question (and maybe change it)
This research question is pretty
Yes! Choosing a good question might be the most
important part of the EE process…
• Part of the assessment criteria
• Affects ALL other parts of the essay
• Should be narrow and specific
• Should be challenging, but something you can explore
within 40 hours and 4,000 words
• Usually formulated as a question, but may be stated as
Now what? Research
1. Develop a detailed plan
2. Read, read, read
Take careful notes and record bibliographic info as you go
3. Organize notes and create an outline
4. Assess your progress. Do you have enough info?
5. If not, read, read, read and take more notes
Now what? Drafting and finalizing
1. Write your first draft and hand it in to your supervisor
2. Get feedback and redraft
Additional research if needed
3. Write final draft and abstract
4. Revise and polish
5. Submit on or before the due date
6. Attend the Viva Voce
300 words stating the research question, scope of investigation, and
conclusion reached in the essay
Sets the research question in context, explain topic’s significance
Development of a reasoned argument, backed by evidence
References and Works Cited
4,000 words is the upper limit
Intro, body, and conclusion count
Abstract, contents, Works Cited, equations, etc. DO
How is the essay assessed?
10 Criteria (possible points)
A. Research Question (2)
B. Introduction (2)
C. Investigation (4)
D. Knowledge and understanding of the topic covered (4)
E. Reasoned argument (4)
F. Analytical and evaluative skills related to subject (4)
G. Use of language appropriate to subject (4)
H. Conclusion (2)
I. Abstract (2)
J. Holistic Judgment (4)
How is the essay marked?
Point scale of 0-36 based on 10 criteria
A-E letter grades given by point scale
o 30-36 points A
o 25-29 points B
o 17-24 points C
o 9-16 points D
o 0-8 points E
*Are really interested in your topic
* Plan ahead
* Seek help and use available resources
You have a good chance of doing well on your EE!