The Extended Essay
 
The Extended Essay is an independent research essay of approximately 4,000 words focused on one academic subject and written on an approved topic. Students are supported throughout the process of researching and writing the extended essay, with advice and guidance from a supervisor
 
The extended essay provides:
 
•  Practical preparation for undergraduate research
•  An opportunity for students to investigate a topic of special interest to them, which is also related to one of the student's six DP subjects. 
 
Through the research process for the extended essay, students develop skills in:
 
•  Formulating an appropriate research question
•  Engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
• Communicating ideas
•  Developing an argument. 
 
Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyze, synthesize and evaluate knowledge.