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Extended Essay

Introduction to the Extended Essay

The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Program subjects. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner. The essay is externally assessed by expert graders against common criteria, interpreted in ways appropriate to each subject.

The extended essay is:

  • mandatory for all Diploma Program students
  • externally assessed and, in combination with the grade for Theory of Knowledge, contributes up to three points to the total score for the IB diploma
  • a piece of independent research/investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with a mentor in the school
  • chosen from the list of approved Diploma Program subjects
  • presented as a formal piece of scholarship containing no more than 4,000 words
  • the result of approximately 40 hours of work by the student
  • concluded with a short interview, or viva voce, with the faculty supervisor
  • submitted electronically to IB and to

Extended Essay Subjects

At Long Beach High School, students are permitted to carry out research only in a subject area they are currently studying in the Diploma Program to ensure that they have sufficient subject knowledge to complete the task. Here is the list of potential subjects:

Language and Literature





Mathematical Studies

Individuals and Societies

Business and Management





Computer Science

Environmental Systems and Societies


Sports, Exercise and Health Science

Language Acquisition

(the essay must be written in the

chosen language, not English)







Visual Arts



International Baccalaureate Program
Long Beach Public Schools