Abingdon School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details
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Abingdon School occupies a 35-acre site in the centre of Abingdon, to the south of Oxford. It is an independent boarding and day school for boys aged 11–18. The school is organised into the Lower School (Years 7–8), Middle School (Years 9–11) and Upper School (sixth form). A majority of pupils are day boys, although boarding is available from middle school onwards.
The school is over 750 years old and amongst the oldest independent schools in Britain. It moved to its current site in the 1970s and the original purpose-built red-brick school buildings are handsome and impressive. There has been quite a bit of investment in new facilities and refurbishment in recent years, including the Yang Science Centre, which opened in 2015, and Beech Court, which opened in 2018 and houses a new sixth form centre, library and art department.
Abingdon has a rigorous academic curriculum and offers a wide choice of subjects at A-level. Its ‘Other Half’ (extra-curricular) programme includes over 120 different activities, from traditional sports to bell ringing and film making, and the school boasts an award-winning Film Unit.
The school works closely with the nearby independent girls’ school of St Helen and St Katherine and the two schools frequently coming together on social occasions and for drama productions, with some sixth form subjects being jointly taught.
11 Plus Information for Abingdon School
Address: Abingdon School, Park Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1DE
Admissions info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01235 849041
School Type: Boys’ independent day and boarding school
Number of Pupils: 1000 (approx.)
Open Day Date: Throughout the year
Exam Date: January of Year 6
Exam Type / Board: School’s own
Abingdon School 11 Plus Admissions
Abingdon School is academically selective and selection is based on performance in a competitive 11+ entrance exam. However, an aptitude in an area such as music, sport, drama and art is greatly beneficial.
Details of the 11+ entrance exam are sent out to all registered candidates in October prior to the year of entry (whilst the candidate is in Year 6). There are papers in English, maths and reasoning.
Following the entrance exam, short-listed candidates are invited for an interview. Candidates may take something of interest with them to discuss during the interview and will be encouraged to talk about personal interests. Some candidates may be asked to attend a second interview to assist with decision making.
The school requests references from each applicant’s current head teacher and only boys with a good record of behaviour will be considered for a place.
Abingdon does give priority to candidates with family connections to the school when offering places, subject to boys achieving the required results in the entrance exam.
Offers of places are sent out around three weeks after the entrance exam. Successful candidates are invited to attend two induction days – one in summer and the other just before the start of term.
A copy of the complete Abingdon Admissions Policy is available to download from the school’s website.
For further information about admissions, please contact the admissions department at Abingdon directly: email@example.com or 01235 849041.
How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Abingdon School
Abingdon advises that the prospective pupil and his family visit the school prior to registering for First Year (Year 7) entry. They offer a range of opportunities to visit, from general open days to personal admissions visits (by appointment) and taster mornings (booking required). Further details, including dates and booking arrangements, are published on the ‘Visit Abingdon’ page of the school’s website.
To register your son to be assessed for entry to Abingdon you must complete the online registration form. Once you have completed the form, you are automatically taken to the payment page to pay the non-refundable registration fee of £150 by debit or credit card.
The school recommends that all registrations are made before October of the year prior to entry.
Bursaries of up to 100% of the fees are available for day boys. They are means-tested and are not dependent on academic ability.
At least 20 major scholarships are awarded each year for academic excellence, art, design & technology, drama, music and sport, plus a number of First Year Awards. Scholarships and awards entitle the holder to a fee remission of £300 each year.
Abingdon School 11 Plus Exam Format
The Abingdon entrance exam comprises the following papers:
- English comprehension via multiple choice questions (45 minutes)
- English descriptive writing, approx. 300-400 words based on a choice of pictures (30 minutes)
- Maths (50 minutes)
- Reasoning, including verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning.
Both English papers assess grammar, spelling, punctuation and word manipulation.
Calculators are not allowed for maths paper.
The school sends out sample questions to registered candidates prior to exam day.
How to Prepare for the Abingdon School 11 Plus Exam
One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.
Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Abingdon School 11+ entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.
Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of a competitive entrance exam. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance examination process.
English: multiple-choice comprehension + writing
To prepare for the Abingdon English papers, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:
Comprehension: Full Practice Tests
Technical English + Skill Specific Practice
Mathematics: standard format
To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:
Full Practice Tests
Skill Specific Practice
To prepare for the reasoning paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:
Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests
Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests
Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice
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Why do some of the recommendations above show me grammar school papers?
The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.
Whilst Abingdon School is an independent school, they actually use the grammar school (multiple-choice) format for some of their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.
Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Abingdon School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Abingdon School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.