5.1 Finishing touches

5.1.2 Checklist for presentation

Criterion D, in theory, should be the easiest criterion, as it is about presentation, organisation and formal layout. To earn top marks on criterion D, check that:

  • the structure of the essay is clearly appropriate in terms of the expected conventions for the topic, the argument and subject in which the essay is registered.
  • layout considerations are present and applied correctly.
  • the structure and layout support the reading, understanding and evaluation of the extended essay.

In order to score well on this criterion, you can go through your essay using the following checklist. You can also download it here.  

  • Have you checked your word count (under 4000 words, after you have excluded words which are not counted towards the word count)?
  • Have you numbered tables and figures/illustrations, i.e. Fig.1, Table 1?
  • Does each table, figure or illustration have a caption or label?  
  • For tables, illustrations and figures that are not based on your own work, have you included citations or full references?
  • Are tables, illustrations and figures mentioned in the text, using a numbered reference?
  • Do all in-text citations refer to a source in the bibliography or works cited section? 
  • Is your list of works cited / references / bibliography in alphabetical order?
  • In your bibliography / works cited, are your sources formatted according to the requirements of your style guide (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc)?
  • Does every page have a page number?
  • Are quotations clearly indicated by quotation marks or indented blocks?
  • Are appendices titled, referenced in the text and listed in the table of context?
  • Have you used a readable, conventional font? Have you double spaced your lines and used standard margins?
  • Does your title page include both your title and research question? (Note: do not include your name, candidate number or school name or number on the title pages)
  • Do your introduction and conclusion answer the research question? Does the answer to your research question follow logically from your arguments, evidence and findings? 
  • Does the structure of your essay lend itself well to your topic, question and research?