EXTENDED ESSAY FORMAT CHECKLIST
EE Components (in order)
- Title Page
- Acknowledgements (optional)
- Table of Contents
- Essay Body
- Works Cited
- Appendices (optional)
General EE Formatting
- Readable, simple font (Arial is good one), 12pt., double spaced.
- Pages are numbered and numbers are at the bottom.
- Consistent MLA or APA style for citations.
- Do NOT include the candidate, supervisor, or school name anywhere in the document.
- Essay not to exceed 4,000 words (excludes graphs, figures, calculations or diagrams.)
- Graphs, charts, and tables should be labeled clearly.
- Tables should not include significant bodies of text.
- Includes title of the essay, with proper capitalization.
- Includes a research question that is more specific than the title, phrased as a question.
- Includes subject area chosen (if a language essay, state which category it falls into. If a world studies essay, include the theme and two subjects utilized.)
- Includes the session for which the candidate will take their IB exams (ex: May 2022).
- Includes word count.
- Text is centered on page. See example below:
An Improvising Brain
What are the neurophysiological correlates of playing musical pieces that are subject to varying practice and hence to varying ability to improvise?
Word Count: 3,987
Acknowledgements (or dedication)
- Section is optional.
- Do NOT include any identifiers (nothing with a name of the school, teachers, or individuals.)
- It is not included in word count.
Table of Contents
- Does not include title page or acknowledgements.
- Lists logical subheadings that enhance the reading and understanding of the essay.
- Headings/subheadings are left aligned, page numbers right aligned.
- Is not included in word count.
- First section/heading of essay, (about 1 to 1-½ pages long.)
- Can use headings and subheadings that support the reading and understanding of the essay. Do not use titles like “essay” or “body.”
- Use graphs, charts, tables, and illustrations of good graphic quality, clearly labeled, and cited.
- Use graphs, charts, tables, and illustrations ONLY when relevant and appropriate to the point being made. Place them as close as possible to their first reference. Labeling does not include commentary -- that should be part of the essay discussion and be included in word count.
- Last section/heading of essay, (about 1 to 1-½ pages long.)
- All material that is not original must be acknowledged. This applies to audiovisual material, text, graphics, data, and ideas either in print or digital sources.
- Citations should meet accepted standards (MLA or APA) and be consistent throughout the essay. Errors or omissions will be considered as a case of possible academic misconduct.
- Recommend in-text citations vs. footnotes or endnotes.
- Section is optional. Examiners are NOT required to read appendices.
- Can use for large tables of raw data (which must be labeled), or for examples of questionnaires/interview questions. Do not refer to them in the essay if it disrupts continuity.
- Do not include processed data that is key to argument. That should be in the essay body.
- Examiners are NOT required to read beyond 4,000 words and are NOT required to read appendices.
- Word count includes the introduction, main body, conclusion, quotations, and footnotes or endnotes that are NOT references. It doesn’t include the table of contents, annotated illustrations, tables, citations (whether parenthetical, numbered, or footnotes/endnotes), the works cited section, or the headers.
- Make sure the file size for your essay is not more than 10 MB.
- Official IB Extended Essay Guide https://tinyurl.com/GCMIB2018
- View guideline by subject under Guide > Subject-specific guidance
- View exemplars under Assessment > Assessed student work