The EE is a requirement of the IB Diploma Program completed within TOK (Theory of Knowledge). The project begins during Junior year and is completed during Senior year.
It is an independent, self directed 4,000 word research project that provides students with practical preparation for undergraduate research and an opportunity to investigate a topic of interest to them which is also related to one of the student's six Diploma Program subjects.
During the EE process, students are supported by a Supervisor who guides and advises them with their research and writing.
Students develop skills in formulating an appropriate research question, engage in personal exploration of a topic, communication of ideas and developing an argument.
The topic of the Extended Essay must be selected from an approved list of IB subject areas.