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

NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Wycombe Abbey has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.



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 full practice and skill practice online tests provide good preparation for it:


Full Practice Tests


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


Skill Practice


CEM Select – Missing Words



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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:






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




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic




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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