The Extended Essay (EE) is a central tenet of the IB Diploma Programme and is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating into a 4000-word essay. It provides practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at university and gives student the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of their own academic interest. Emphasis is placed on the research process, on the appropriate formulation of a research question, on personal engagement in the exploration of the topic, and on communication of ideas and development of an argument. From start to finish, the EE aids students in developing the capacity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge. Students are supported and encouraged throughout the research and writing process with advice and guidance from a supervisor. Read more about the process here and discover the creative research and writing talents of our students.