Steps on writing IB extended essay

The candidate must complete and submit an Extended Essay – a substantial piece of independent work. It must be submitted in one of the subjects of the IB Diploma Programme available for the Extended Essay and must meet general and subject-specific criteria. Work on the essay is expected to occupy approximately 40 hours and must be done under the direct supervision of an appropriate teacher at the school.

The following is an overview of the extended essay guidelines for chemistry (IBO documents)

An extended essay in chemistry provides students with an opportunity to investigate a particular aspect of the materials of our environment. Such extended essays must be characterized by a particular chemical emphasis within a more general set of research criteria.


Extended Essay for the Class of 2015

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The following examples of titles for chemistry extended essays are intended as guidance only. The pairings illustrate that focused topics (indicated by the first title) should be encouraged rather than broad topics (indicated by the second title).


What is an Extended Essay?
The extended essay is a mandatory component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The essay consists of an extensive independent research study of personal interest in an approved IB field or discipline that mirrors the rigor and expectations of collegial-level writing skills. The paper is typically between 3500-4,000 words (not exceeding) and includes a cover page, 300 word (or less) abstract, table of contents (if applicable), bibliography, and appendices. The essay must adhere to strict guidelines following appropriate style (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago) and utilizing accurate methods for referencing sources (e.g. footnotes and/or in-text citations). The entire research process should take students approximately 40-50 hours to complete. Students must work closely with an approved school district emplyee throughout the entire research process for five to ten hours. Students are expected to have sufficient knowledge and skills in the selected subject area. IB strongly advises against writing an extended essay in a subject that is not studied by the student.

Choice of Topic
Students should choose a topic that is: