Ib Extended Essay Title Page Requirements For An Essay

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) online curriculum centre (OCC), a key resource for educators at IB World Schools, includes several examples of extended essay titles.

These highlight the diverse range of topics covered by International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students during their extended essays.

Some examples are:

  • “An analysis of costume as a source for understanding the inner life of the character”
  • “A study of malnourished children in Indonesia and the extent of their recovery after a period of supervised improved nutrition.”
  • “Doing versus being: language and reality in the Mimamsa school of Indian philosophy.” 
  • “The effects of sugar-free chewing gum on the pH of saliva in the mouth after a meal.”
  • “To what extent has the fall in the exchange rate of the US dollar affected the tourist industry in Carmel, California?”
  •  “What level of data compression in music files is acceptable to the human ear?”

Also available in the OCC, the Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Programme has guidance on choosing a subject for the extended essay.

The OCC is only available to existing IB World Schools.

You can also purchase examples of essays in the IB Store. These essays fulfil the requirements for an ‘A’ grade in the extended essay.

If your school is not one already, learn how to become an IB World School in order to implement the DP.

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How to make the IB extended essay title page


The international baccalaureate is a highly respected educational organization with hundreds of thousands of students in numerous countries around the world. The certificates and diplomas they issue are recognized around the world. Many schools offer the IB curriculum and continue to do so because of the prestige and the benefits it offers to their students. But like so many formats and structures of educational writing, the IB extended essay requires a title page written in a particular way.

It doesn't matter how successful you are at writing the extended essay, how well you choose the topic and address the topic in your writing, unless you follow the rules described from the beginning, you run the risk of receiving a less than perfect score. Every part of your IB extended essay has to be done according to Hoyle and this most certainly includes the title page. The good news is that at your school and most certainly online, can be found hundreds of examples of IB extended essays with the title by each clearly displayed. If any part of this article seems unclear, it is very easy to find numerous examples of exactly how to produce the relevant title page.

The fundamentals of an IB extended essay title page


The title page itself stands alone. It does not include a great deal of information and it most certainly does not include any part of your actual IB extended essay. It is a standalone document.

The title of your essay appears in the centre of the page and must be written in full. Do not offer the shortened version of your title. Put your title about one third of the way down the page. Do not dress up the typing of your title. It does not have a line underneath it and it is not written in italics. However, if you have some published words in your title such as a poem, short story or lyrics from a song, only those published words will appear in quotation marks.

If it turns out that your title is super long, try and balance the length of the lines of your title. In other words don't have one line with 20 words in it and a subsequent line with two words in it. Centre the title.

Even if the title of your extended essay is a question, simply write it in lowercase. It is not like the title of a book. You will have an uppercase word to start of course and for relevant nouns which require an uppercase letter to begin, but otherwise everything is in lowercase.

You must include your full name as it has been registered with all IB documentation. Your name appears in the centre of the title page. You also must include the name of your school and your individual IB number. The latter will be the last thing you type.

Finally, again placed in the centre of your title page and typed using uppercase throughout, will be the words total word count and then obviously the figure that is relevant.

Again if you are unsure about any of these things there are numerous examples you can study to be sure you get it just right.



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