IB Diploma option students must complete a substantial piece of independent work in one of the six subject areas of the IB Programme. The following points should be noted:
The Extended Essay is externally assessed by an examiner appointed by the IB, and along with the TOK essay may qualify for bonus points added to the overall IB score.
The main purpose of the essay is to train the candidate in the methods of work and research in their chosen subject, which is in general that in which he or she intends to specialize in university.
The topic chosen may be original, or developed from course content. In the latter case, the candidate examines the subject matter in considerably more depth, giving evidence of personal research and produces a finished piece of work in essay form.
The length of the essay can be no more than 4000 words; there is an informal expectation that the work will not be fewer than 3000 words.The language used should be English, Spanish or French, except in essays submitted for Languages A or B.
Each student has a supervisor, a teacher whose job is to help guide the student in the planning, data collection, organisation and writing of the essay. Students are given details of the Extended Essay including how it is assessed.