The Extended Essay (EE) – One of the hallmarks of the IB curriculum is that students develop outstanding writing skills, and those skills are on full display in the Extended Essay. You’ll pick a topic you’re passionate about, build your knowledge through independent research, develop a thesis, and write a 4,000-word essay on the topic. Each student engages in personal research on a topic of her choice, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Students in recent years have chosen such varied topics as fractals, apartheid, the opium trade in Afghanistan, and the Irish Revolution, among others. The ee is college-level work that showcases many of the skills that the ib does such a great job of developing, such as critical thinking, working independently, and clear communication.