Extended Essay

The new curriculum for the extended essay will be assessed as of May 2018.  The following section of the site includes guidance for the writing and assessment of this component of the diploma program.

It is the advice of the IB that only students who are studying psychology write their EEs in the subject.  You will see that psychology has a high failure rate compared to other subjects - and one of the reasons is the high number of students who write papers in the subject although they have never studied it.

This section is divided into "getting started", "writing the EE", "reflection on the EE" and "sample marking."

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Getting started with EE 17 June 2018

For most teachers and students, getting started with a major research project is the hardest part. Choosing a good topic,...
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Reflecting on the EE 9 January 2018

The final assessment criterion of the extended essay is "engagement." It is important that the reflections do not just...
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Writing the Extended Essay 15 October 2017

After sources have been read and notes have been taken, the next step is the actual writing of the paper. For many students,...
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EE sample marking 15 October 2017

The following section of the site has samples of extended essays. As we are not allowed to actually share students' work...
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Assessing the EE 17 June 2018

The following presentation is a tutorial for teachers on how the Extended Essay is assessed. It is particularly important...
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Sample 1: Durability of relationships 14 January 2018

The following sample extended essay does not have an official grade. It is an essay that was submitted for the former curriculum...
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