What is the Extended Essay?
The extended essay is a piece of personal research into a topic of your choice which has to be presented like a formal research paper with around 4,000 words. The extended essay in history gives students the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in an area of history of genuine interest to them.
Along with your grade for the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course, the EE can contribute up to three points to your total score for the IB Diploma. The extended essay should be around 4,000 words in length and as such, it is recommended that students spend 40 hours on the EE. During the EE process, students are required to attend three reflection sessions, in which a formal written reflection has to be written. The last reflection session is concluded with a short interview, or viva voce, with your supervising teacher.
The essay is then externally marked out of 34 and given a grade from A-D. This is combined with your ToK grade to give an overall points score out of 3. Your extended essay in history should include the following elements: