The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides:
· practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level
· an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject
Exemplars provided on the right on not based on the new 2018 guidelines. It is vitally important that students read the criterion in the online: Extended Essay Guide
Emphasis is placed on the research process:
· 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:
· synthesize, and
· evaluate knowledge.
Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a teacher supervisor at the school.
taken from www.ibo.org