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




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: November of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: CAT4 and School’s Own


Wycombe Abbey 11 Plus Admissions


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


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 the Admissions Office.


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: Pretest (November)


Once registered, students are invited for assessments in November prior to the year of entry (when your daughter is in Year 6).


All candidates will sit an online pre-test consisting of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative Reasoning.


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


Stage 2: Assessment Day (November)


Candidates who have been made conditional offers will take papers in English and Mathematics and attend an interview.


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: 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. We also provide comparative ranking statistics on a per module basis so you can quickly identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses.


CAT4 Practice Test 1


CAT4 Practice Test 2


CAT4 Practice Test 3


CAT4 Practice Test 4


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. They cover every possible question type that could come up in the CAT4 test.


CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Video Course


CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Video Course


CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Video Course


CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Video Course



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Stage 2: Assessment Day


Our online practice papers for independent school entrance exams can be used to help identify any weaker areas in English and Mathematics that require additional work before the 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 WA Entrance Syllabus:






11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


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




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




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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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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