In order to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma, all diploma candidates must submit an extended essay on a topic of their choice in one of the subjects of the IB curriculum. This culminating assessment is completed by the middle of the second year of the program. Students are supervised by a teacher qualified to teach the subject of their essays or suitably familiar enough with the subject area to provide adequate supervision and advisement over the course of the research and writing process. The essays are graded by examiners appointed by the Chief Examiner of each subject in the IB Office in Cardiff, Wales.
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