Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

Introduction

 

Wycombe Abbey is a girls’ independent boarding school set in a 170-acre estate in High Wycombe.  When the school was founded in 1896, the first cohort of girls numbered only 40. It now educates around 600 girls aged 11–18.

 

The school consistently appears at the top of league tables as one of the highest-performing schools in the country based on exam results. In 2017/18, 95.2% of all GCSE entries and 84.3% of all A-level entries achieved A*–A.

 

Alongside its academic curriculum, the school offers a wide range of recreational activities ranging from dance to bee-keeping.

 

As a boarding school, Wycombe Abbey promotes mixed-age bedrooms. The Living section of their website provides detailed information about living arrangements and life at the school.

 

Wycombe Abbey does offer a small number of day places each year.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Wycombe Abbey

 

Address: Wycombe Abbey, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1PE

County: Buckinghamshire
Admissions info
: registrar@wycombeabbey.com, 01494 897008

School Type: Girls’ independent boarding school

Number of Pupils: 600 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7:

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: October (Stage 1) and January (Stage 2) of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: CEM Select and ISEB Common Entrance

 

Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus Admissions

 

Wycombe Abbey holds an Assessment Day in October each year to assess the academic potential and suitability of all applicants wishing to enter Year 7 the following year.

 

Conditional offers are made subject to scores in 11+ entrance exams, which are held in January.

 

To be invited to the Assessment Day, your daughter must be registered with Wycombe Abbey by 1st June in the year prior to entry (when they are in Year 5).

 

For further information on Wycombe Abbey’s admissions procedures, please contact registrar@wycombeabbey.con or 01494 897008.

 

Scholarships and bursaries are offered by the school.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Wycombe Abbey

 

To be considered for a place at Wycombe Abbey, you need to register your daughter by sending the school a completed registration form, which can be requested via their website,  together with a fee of £250 by 1st June in the year prior to entry (when your daughter is in Year 5).

 

Before registering for a place at Wycombe Abbey, parents and children are advised to attend one of the school’s open mornings, which take place in June each year. Given the registration deadline, it is worth attending an open morning while your daughter is still in Year 3 or 4. You must book in advance to attend.

 

Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus Exam Format

 

There are two stages to the school’s assessment process for 11+ candidates:

 

Stage 1: Assessment Day (October)

 

Once registered, students are invited to attend an Assessment Day in October prior to the year of entry (when your daughter is in Year 6).

 

All candidates will:

 

  • have an individual interview with a senior member of staff
  • take part in small group activities with different departments
  • sit an online pre-test consisting of verbal, non-verbal and mathematical reasoning (created by a company called CEM).

 

Following the Assessment Day, conditional offers will be made subject to success in the entrance exams.

 

Stage 2: Entrance Exams (January)

 

Candidates who have been made conditional offers will take papers in English, Mathematics and Science in the January of the proposed year of entry (when your daughter in is Year 6). The papers are Common Entrance papers set by the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB)

 

If your daughter attends a school registered with ISEB, her school will enter her for the Common Entrance and administer the exams.

 

Alternatively, if your daughter’s school is not registered, she must be entered directly with the ISEB (by 1 December) and sit the papers at one of their test centres or at a British Council office.

 

Firm offers are made by Wycombe Abbey on the basis of performance in the entrance exams. All places must be accepted and a deposit paid by the first Monday in March.

 

For more information about Wycombe Abbey admissions, the school website has a useful FAQs page.

 

How to Prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus Exam

 

Stage 1: Assessment Day (October)

 

The Wycombe Abbey online pre-test is created by a company called CEM. The test is called CEM Select and tests Verbal, Non-verbal and Mathematical (Numerical) Reasoning.

 

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

 

CEM Select

 

Feedback from those who have taken the Wycombe Abbey online pre-test in previous years suggests that the questions in these CEM practice papers provide good preparation for it:

 

CEM Select Practice Test 1

 

CEM Select Practice Test 2

 

CEM Select Practice Test 3

 

CEM Select Practice Test 4

 

CEM Select Practice Test 5

 

 

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Stage 2: Entrance Exams (January)

 

Our online practice papers for independent school entrance exams can be used to help identify any weaker areas in English, Science and Mathematics that require additional work before the ISEB Common Entrance exams. Whilst we would recommend using the following practice papers, please note that they are designed to be challenging and may assess certain topics beyond the requirements of the ISEB 11+ Common Entrance Syllabus:

 

English

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1

 

11+ English Pack 2

 

11+ English Pack 3

 

11+ English Pack 4

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

Mathematics

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

11+ Problem Solving

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

 

Science

 

11+ Science Pack 1

 

11+ Science Pack 2

 

 

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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.

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