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Extended Essay: Presentation Requirements

A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB Extended Essay.

How to Format the Extended Essay

Dollar sign in snake font - Britannica ImageQuestYour extended essay is a formally written research paper and you should strive to present it as professionally as you can.  See the boxes on the right for IB documents giving detailed requirements for presentation, required elements, and suggestions on formatting. See the box below for guidance on what should be on the title page.

Font and spacing

Use a readable 12-point font and double spacing. You will be helping your examiners read and assess your essay on-screen.

Referencing and citations

The IB does not specify what referencing/citation format you should use. Whichever system you choose, make sure that you follow it consistently. Check, too, that it meets the minimum requirements for acknowledging both written and electronic sources expected by the IB. See the IB publication:

What Should Be on the Title Page?

St. Louis, Missouri; November, 1948, President Harry Truman - Britannica ImageQuestWhat should be on the  first page/title page of your EE?

The title page should include only the following information:

  • the title of the essay (optional)
  • the research question (required)
  • the word count (required)
  • the subject for which the essay is registered (required)
    • if it is a language essay it should also state which category it falls into
    • if it is a world studies essay it should also state the theme and the two subjects utilized

Distinguishing Between the Title and the Research Question

Your extended essay can have a title and a research question. The research question is required on the cover page, while the title is optional. 

  • The title is a clear, focused summative statement of the research which gives the reader an indication of the research topic. It should not be phrased as a research question.
  • The research question indicates the specific topic of research and must be phrased as a question.

What should NOT be on the  first page/title page of your EE?

The title page should NOT include only the following information:

  • your name
  • the school's name
  • your IB candidate number
  • any identifying pieces of information (on the title page, or any other section of the essay, such as headers or footers)

Question mark - Britannica ImageQuestWHY???

When work is uploaded, the IB tags each document with the student's digital profiles so personal details like your name, your school, and your candidate number are not required.  Very important:  to make sure that IB assessment is unbiased and fair, IB does not give your name to examiners, so there should be nothing that could identify you in the essay itself.

 

Which Would Be Better to Send to IB?

Compare and contrast:  which would be better to send to IB?

Submitting a paper in the recommended format will set a serious tone. Take a look at the example text below formatted in two drastically different fonts. Notice the difference in tone and mood—which format would be easier for the examiner to read, assess and comment on?

 Example A (12 point, Arial, double-spaced)

The revenue received by the government will increase with the increasing prices if there is no significant change in demand.  As it does not,

the revenue will rise but not at a steady pace.  The sales of used cars will increase the scope of the revenue of the government, as its

demand will rise as a result of the rise in COE prices of relatively new cars.  However, its full impact cannot be determined as its supply

fluctuates in different time periods as the government predefines the number of quotas released every six months in a year.

Example B (9 point, Comic Sans, single-spaced)

The revenue received by the government will increase with the increasing prices if there is no significant change in demand.  As it does not, the revenue will rise but not at a steady pace.  The sales of used cars will increase the scope of the revenue of the government, as its demand will rise as a result of the rise in COE prices of relatively new cars.  However, its full impact cannot be determined as its supply fluctuates in different time periods as the government predefines the number of quotas released every six months in a year.

Presentation Requirements of the EE

Required Elements of the Extended Essay

How to Format the Extended Essay

         

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