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Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Exam 2024, Year 7 Entry – Key Details


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Wycombe Abbey is an independent boarding and day school for girls in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Founded in 1896, it is consistently ranked among the top-performing all-girls schools nationally. Its magnificent 170-acre campus comprises extensive gardens, woods, a lake and several Grade II listed buildings. [1]


Dedicated to fulfilling pupils’ potential and meeting their specific interests, Wycombe Abbey provides girls with a thorough introduction into various disciplines and ensures their successful transition into further stages of education. The syllabus covers mathematics, science, languages, computing and humanities, among others, enriching the firm foundation of all-round knowledge that allows leavers to access Russell Group universities, as well as Columbia, MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Yale in the US.


The varied selection of extracurriculars adds up to the breadth and depth of Wycombe Abbey’s offering. Societies and clubs, ranging from chess and STEM to Law Society and public speaking, maximise girls’ span of interests and preferences, and amount to the remarkable educational journey that helps them discover their authentic self. [2]


The provision of performing arts opportunities is of the highest quality. The school owns a 430-seat theatre, fully equipped with sound and lightning technology, which hosts numerous individual and joint productions throughout the year. Dance enjoys strong popularity among pupils, covering a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz and street dance, through which the school helps girls develop competitive spirit, collaboration skills and physical agility. 


With all this and much more on offer, Wycombe Abbey manages to maintain its appeal among both parents and prospective pupils as a facility where everyone succeeds at discovering their purpose. Adopting a lasting love of learning within a safe place where they can take risks and learn from their mistakes, students tend to make the most out of the school’s future-focused approach and progress through their Senior years without a fear of failing. 


Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024


Address: High Wycombe, HP11 1PE

County: Buckinghamshire

Admissions info: or 01494 897008

School type: Independent day and boarding school for girls 

Open day: In the Spring and Autumn terms

Exam date: November of Year 6

Exam type / Board: CAT4 and school’s own

11+ Exam date (Stage 1 & 2): November 2024

Pass mark (Stage 1): Aim for 80%+ in our practice tests.

Pass mark (Stage 2): Aim for 85%+ in our practice tests.


Open Events for Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Entry


Wycombe Abbey hosts Open Mornings and Coffee Mornings, welcoming families on campus for tours, presentations, meetings and a range of other activities. Key members of staff and current pupils will be on hand to answer questions of interest to your daughter. Details on how to book are available on this page. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


At 11+, Wycombe Abbey assesses prospective pupils through a two-stage examination process. In order to be considered for entry, your daughter should be registered with the school by the deadline in June of the year preceding entry. The registration fee of £350 is non-refundable.


Once registered, students are invited for assessments in November prior to the year of entry. All candidates will sit an online assessment also known as CAT4. 


Following successful performance in this test, your daughter will be invited back to the school to attend Assessment Day. On this occasion, she will take papers in English and Mathematics and attend an interview.


Firm offers are made on the basis of performance in both examinations. Please note that acceptance of a place includes a payment of a £2500 deposit. 


Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Wycombe Abbey offers Academic Scholarships & Exhibitions and Music Scholarships & Exhibitions. Academic Scholarships are valued at 5% of the fees per annum, while Exhibitions are worth £600 annually. These don’t require separate applications. Instead, selected candidates who perform well on Assessment Day will be invited back to the school to sit further assessments. 


Only applicants who perform at a minimum of Grade 5 standard on their principal instrument will be considered for Music Scholarships and Exhibitions. Choral Awards, providing free voice tuition, will be awarded to applicants with a strong background of choral singing.


Candidates for 11+ entry, who come from low-income families and who meet the school’s academic criteria, can apply for a means-tested bursary, which can be worth up to 100% of fees. Families with annual gross income of under £30,000 are typically considered eligible for a free place. 


The award may also cover costs for co-curricular activities, uniform and educational trips. Please note that a family with (annual) gross income of £150,000 will most likely fail to qualify for any support. More details are available here


Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The Wycombe Abbey Stage 1 11+ entrance examination consists of:


  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)


The CAT4 is a computer-based test that consists of different types of multiple-choice questions which assess Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning skills.



The Wycombe Abbey Stage 2 11+ entrance examination consists of:


  • English
  • Mathematics


The English paper examines both comprehension and writing skills, including inference, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper will include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 11+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) 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 tests offer excellent practice and preparation for the Wycombe Abbey 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. Every year, they are used successfully by hundreds of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.


Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores


Pupils who are able to score 80%+ consistently in our Stage 1 Practice Tests should be on track to make it through to Stage 2.


Pupils who are able to score 85%+ consistently in our Stage 2 Practice Tests should be on track to pass the Wycombe Abbey 11+ exam.


Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus examinations.


Don’t worry if your child is not scoring well in our practice papers from the outset. With targeted practice and focus, it’s possible to make big improvements in a short amount of time!


Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Tests


Stage 1: Pretest


The Wycombe Abbey online pre-test is called CAT4 (Cognitive Abilities Test) and tests Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative Reasoning.


We have a number of CAT4 practice resources available, which can be used to build confidence ahead of the pre-tests.


Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)


Practice Tests


You can learn more about our highly accurate online CAT4 practice tests by clicking on the links below. These CAT4 Practice Tests are available to take online immediately after purchase. Each module is marked automatically and is then available for review with answers and explanations provided for every question. Our understanding is that Wycombe Abbey use the slightly harder CAT4 Level D tests for their 11+ entrance exam. As such, we recommend the following practice tests:


CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 1


CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 2


CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 3


CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 4


CAT4 – Level D – Practice Test 5


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Skill Practice


The following Skill Practice Tests each focus on one module that will come up in the CAT4 Level D assessment, allowing you to target the specific modules that your child finds most challenging. Across each product, we cover every possible question variation that can come up in the actual exam. Solutions and statistical rankings are provided upon completion.


Non-Verbal Reasoning

CAT4 – Level D – Figure Matrices

CAT4 – Level D – Figure Classification


Verbal Reasoning

CAT4 – Level D – Verbal Classification

CAT4 – Level D – Verbal Analogies


Quantitative Reasoning

CAT4 – Level D – Number Analogies

CAT4 – Level D – Number Series


Spatial Reasoning

CAT4 – Level D – Figure Analysis

CAT4 – Level D – Figure Recognition


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Video Courses


The following online video courses cover everything your child needs to know for each section of the CAT4 assessment. Each course consists of a series of lessons that go through each question type in great detail, providing step-by-step explanations and techniques to help your child recognise the underlying patterns to look out for in the GL Assessment Level D CAT4 test.


CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Course


CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Course


CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Course


CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Course


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Stage 2: Assessment Day

NOTE: The following English and Mathematics practice tests are in standard format, which means that students need to write in their own answers rather than choose from a list of multiple-choice options. This matches the 11+ Exam format used by the school.





11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills Pack 1


11+ Inference Skills Pack 2


11+ Poetry Comprehension


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


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Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics


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This interview guide covers all the key concepts your child needs to be aware of for the 11+ Interview:


11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Wycombe Abbey 11+ past papers. The information provided about Wycombe Abbey 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.


Other entry points for Wycombe Abbey:


Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 12 entry via the 16 Plus (16+) Exam

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