Q. For my Extended Essay, what is included in the final word count?
According to the 2013 Extended Essay Guide,
The upper limit is 4,000 words for all extended essays. This upper limit includes the introduction, the body, the conclusion and any quotations, but does not include:
- the abstract
- the contents page
- maps, charts, diagrams, annotated illustrations and tables
- equations, formulas and calculations
- citations/references (whether parenthetical or numbered)
- footnotes or endnotes
- the bibliography
Essays containing more than 4,000 words are subject to penalties and examiners are not required to read material in excess of the word limit.
But what if there is important information contained within a table? Is it all excluded from the word count and do the examiners not have to read it? Technically yes, but if you want to be sure the examiners will read it, then make sure you are not going to be over your 4,000 word count, even if some of the material in the tables is included.