Extended Essay Timeline



The extended essay, offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest, in the form of a 4,000-word piece of independent research. Students select an area of research from Diploma Programme subjects, or in the case of the interdisciplinary world studies essay from two subjects, and become acquainted with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject or subjects chosen. As an authentic learning experience, the extended essay provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.


The extended essay provides: practical preparation for undergraduate research. an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of personal interest to them.
-International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)


Key Features Of The Extended Essay

  • The extended essay is compulsory for all students taking the Diploma Programme and is an option for course students.
  • A student must achieve a D grade or higher to be awarded the Diploma.
  • The extended essay is externally assessed and, in combination with the grade for theory of knowledge, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB Diploma.
  • The extended essay process helps prepare students for success at university and in other pathways beyond the Diploma Programme.
  • When choosing a subject for the extended essay, students must consult the list of available Diploma Programme subjects published in the Diploma Programme Assessment procedures for the session in question.
  • The extended essay is a piece of independent research on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor in the school.
  • It is presented as a formal piece of sustained academic writing containing no more than 4,000 words accompanied by a reflection form of no more than 500 words.
  • It is the result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student.
  • Students are supported by a supervision process recommended to be 3–5 hours, which includes three mandatory reflection sessions.
  • The third and final mandatory reflection session is the viva voce, which is a concluding interview with the supervising teacher.

The Diploma Points Matrix


Extended Essay Process in Lancers International School

The complete Extended Essay process in Lancers international school are divided into different stages for smooth submission.

EE training to the students on subject choice, process, reflection, criterion and scoring details.
Subject orientation (talking to the teacher, explore possibilities)
Release date of list of students, subject choice and supervisors
First process date - Refinement of topic and framing of a research question
First Reflection Session with RPPF Form
First progress check of the draft 1500-2000 words
Interim Reflection Session (Second progress check of the draft with 2nd RPPF)
Second process check and final feedback given to the students
Final submission with Turnitin checking
Final RPPF and Viva Voce