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Extended Essay: Start Here


Guidelines to completing the Extended Essay:

The Extended Essay is a research based essay in which you will be answering a research question. It is important that you start by getting an overview of the EE. 


1. Read through the IBO extended essay website

2. Click on the links below for important information.

Minimum - Have a look at an example of an extended essay by clicking on the 3rd image and looking at some assessed examples from the IB pages.



“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”― Napoleon Hill


Proposal Forms:  Download a copy of the proposal form. You must also print out a copy and hand it to your AG teacher.

Introduction to EE

The 12 Step Guide - Follow this (Use the tabs at the top)

How to start...

Day 0 - January 16th until January 27th
Welcome to the beginning of the Extended Essay - a 4000 word research based essay. You will need to stick to all deadlines that are given you. In the next 2 weeks, you have some important tasks.
Tasks to complete over the next 2 weeks - note some of them you have to do today! (**) There are images in the presentation on the left that will help you.
  1. Added the CISlibguide Extended Essay and the IBO Extended Essay pages to your bookmarks and looked over these pages. **
  2. Asked teachers to explain to you what an Extended Essay in their subject area looks like.
  3. Created a folder entitled firstname_lastname_extended_essay2023 in your AG folder and shared this with, and your AG teacher. ** 
  4. Extended Essay Essential Agreement: This is a mandatory form you must fill in to show that you understand the expectations that we have regarding academic honesty. It is especially important that you understand the need for using your folders, Google Docs and the Researchers Reflection space to record your progress. 
  5. Download and fill in a copy of the proposal form . This must be completed as well as possible showing that you have looked for sources of information that are not just from the internet but also using the school academic databases -
  6. Over the next few days and before you fill in your proposal - Create a mindmap of all your initial ideas on a piece of A3 paper or use Google Diagrams mindmap maker.
  7. In subjects that you may be interested in download and read through some example assessed essays. Note - there are some from the IB and there are also A grade essays from past CIS students in the subject specific areas of this site. Be ready to explain to your supervisor on day 1 all that is expected of a good essay.
  8. Read through the Subject Specific guidance on the IBO website for any subjects you are interested in taking an EE in. You can download the hardcopies from the folders found in Step 2- educate yourself 
  9. On Managebac find the EE area and then search for the Researchers reflection space -
    In this area: -

    a) Add the link to your EE folder.
    b) Write down your initial ideas as to what you might want to do your EE in and what potential topics you want to do. 
    c) Add your mindmap of ideas (see below)
Submit the proposal form by Friday January 27th to Managebac - also print out a hard copy and give to your AG teacher.
NOTE - you must give options in two different subject areas as places are limited in some popular subjects e.g. business, psychology.
Please note, some subjects are more popular than others, and not everyone can have their first choice. You are more likely to get your first choice if your proposal is excellent.

EE Choices & Supervisors

Once you have handed in your proposals, you will find out within a week who your supervisor will be.

The list of students, choices and assigned supervisors will be placed here - there will be two tabs - the first is by subject, and the second is by AG.  Note there may be one or two people who are still to be assigned. 

If you feel that the choice shown does not reflect what you put down, please come and see me in WW414.

WORLD STUDIES Note ****** We will have a further meeting for those who wanted to do a WS EE.

Things you must do once you  have been assigned a supervisor:

  • Contact your supervisor and arrange a meeting.
  • Continue to read the subject requirements for your essay and look at examples.
  • Look to focus your research question
  • Start researching - you should be using academic journals - see the databases and research hints on the tabs on the libguide.
  • Don't delay - start your EE today!!