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Extended Essay Overview

What exactly is the extended essay (EE)? It is as 4000 word paper that you start in the fall of your junior year and finish the winter of your senior year. The EE is an independent paper that you write with the guidance of a supervisor and the extended essay coordinator (me!). You can write on any subject that you have taken an IB course in  (preferably an HL course) and on a topic you have not already done extensive research in. This guide is here to help you in the process and give you resources that you can use to write the best essay possible. You will also be given access to Google Classroom where assignments will be turned in and materials will be posted.

EE Coordinator

How To Choose A Subject

To write a successful extended essay it is advised that you write in a subject areas of an IB HL or SL class you've already taken or are currently taking. Below you will find the subject areas that are offered at VCS:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • English/Language
  • History
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Visual Arts
  • World Studies


Below you will find books that will help guide you through the process, these can be borrowed from the library. Also you will find a link the online EE guide provided by IB.

The extended essay at a glance

The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of available Diploma Programme subjects for the session in question. This is normally one of the student's six chosen subjects for those taking the IB diploma, or a subject that a course student has a background in.