Aims & Assessment

Aims, from the IB Extended essay guide, p.6

The aims of the extended essay are to provide students with the opportunity to:

• pursue independent research on a focused topic

• develop research and communication skills

• develop the skills of creative and critical thinking

• engage in a systematic process of research appropriate to the subject

• experience the excitement of intellectual discovery


Assessment, from the IB Extended essay guide, p. 6-7

In working on the extended essay, students are expected to:

1. plan and pursue a research project with intellectual initiative and insight

2. formulate a precise research question

3. gather and interpret material from sources appropriate to the research question

4. structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question on the basis of the material gathered

5. present their extended essay in a format appropriate to the subject, acknowledging sources in one of the established academic ways

6. use the terminology and language appropriate to the subject with skill and understanding

7. apply analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject, with an understanding of the implications and the context of their research