Example essays

As part of theory of knowledge (TOK), each student chooses one essay title from six issued by International Baccalaureate®(IB). 

The titles change in each examination session. 

Upcoming and past questions include: 

  • “To what extent are areas of knowledge shaped by their past? Consider with reference to two
  • areas of knowledge.”
  •  “ ‘There is no reason why we cannot link facts and theories across disciplines and create a common groundwork of explanation.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?”
  • “There is no such thing as a neutral question. Evaluate this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.”
  • “ ‘The task of history is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature.’ To what extent are history and one other area of knowledge successful in this task?”

Students also take part in a presentation, which can be done individually or in a group of up to three people.

Further guidance on the TOK essay and presentation can be found in the IB’s online curriculum centre (OCC).

Materials in the OCC are only available to existing IB World Schools. These materials are free.

There are a number of resources on TOK in the IB Store, which are available to everyone.

Find out how to become an IB World School.