Extended Essay (EE)

What is the Extended Essay?

The extended essay (EE) is a mandatory research project for all diploma program candidates. The project culminates in a research paper that ranges in length between 3,500 and 4,000 words. Candidates choose their EE topics from a list of approved DP subjects – usually the topic relates to one of the DP candidate’s six core subjects. The goal of the EE is to provide each DP candidate with an opportunity to improve his/her research and writing skills and to augment his/her intellectual and creative abilities. While engaged in their research and writing of the EE, students work under the guidance of a school faculty member that acts as an EE supervisor. At the completion of the EE writing, students participate in a concluding interview known as a viva voce with their EE supervisor.