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Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Entrance Exam Information


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Wycombe Abbey is an independent boarding and day school for girls in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Consistently performing well above the national average, it was founded in 1896 and currently occupies a magnificent 69-hectare campus, including woods, gardens and a lake. [1]


In the Sixth Form, girls are encouraged to approach learning with grit, choosing from a selection of subject options that include languages, mathematics and humanities, among others. The school also provides an ambitious Learning Enhancement programme, aimed at supporting their education across the academic spectrum through one-to-one lessons and drop-in sessions. [2]


The wealth of co-curriculars further facilitates girls’ study, boosting their versatility as they explore their strengths and talents. School trips are organised regularly and have included exciting far-off destinations (such as Iceland and the US), allowing them to acquire a strong sense of independence and profound cultural awareness.


Loyal to its impressive heritage, Wycombe Abbey educates in accordance with the motto In Fide Vade (Go in faith), maximising the spiritual and moral dimension of the cohort’s character development. As the ethos is grounded in the pursuit of excellence, it perpetually encourages girls to take intellectual risks on their path to achieving academic and personal maturity. 


Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Exam Information


Address: Frances Dove Way, High Wycombe HP11 1PE

County: Buckinghamshire

Admissions info: or (+44) (0) 1494 897008

School type: Independent day and boarding school for girls

Open day: September

16+ Exam date (UKiset): Between January and July of Year 10

16+ Exam date (papers): November of Year 11


Open Events for Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Entry


Open Morning takes place in September, allowing prospective families to visit Wycombe Abbey and engage in a range of activities, such as meetings with staff and tours of facilities. The school also hosts Coffee Mornings throughout the year. These events have a similar format, including an informal meeting with the Head and a tour of the campus. 


Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Admissions


Registration for places should be completed by the deadline in June of Year 10. The fee of £250 is non-refundable.


Once registered, 16+ applicants will be asked to sit an online adaptive test. As part of the admissions process, the student’s Summer Term report and her summary of co-curricular interests must also be submitted.


Sixth form assessments (in the form of a paper-based exam) are taken in November of the year preceding entry. At this stage, Wycombe Abbey will also obtain a confidential reference from the candidate’s current school, alongside their predicted GCSE/IGCSE/GCE grades. 


On assessment day, there will be an interview with a senior staff member, lasting 20 minutes. 


Conditional offers are made in late November, to be accepted by the deadline in the following December. The acceptance deposit is £2,500.


Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Wycombe Abbey offers Music Scholarships and Exhibitions to 16+ candidates. Applicants should perform at a Grade 8 standard on their first instrument in order to be considered. 


Choral Awards are also available, providing free voice tuition to talented applicants. Please note that the evaluation process for all awards will include auditions, conducted by the Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music.


Aiming to make its top-notch education as accessible as possible, Wycombe Abbey offers means-tested bursaries that can cover up to 100% of the fees, depending on the level of the family’s financial need. 


Candidates for bursaries will be expected to meet the school’s academic requirements. Please note that a household with a gross income of over £150,000 is likely to be considered ineligible. For more details, please click here


Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Exam Format


The Wycombe Abbey 16+ exam includes two types of assessments:


  • UKiset – an online test that assesses underlying academic ability through Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Tests. There will also be a creative writing exercise and an English Placement Test.


  • Paper-based exam – if students plan to sit Maths A Levels, then they will be assessed in this subject. Similarly, students planning to study English at A Level will be assessed in this subject. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 16+ entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Exam


To prepare successfully for the Wycombe Abbey 16+ entrance exam, we suggest that students make use of our targeted resources. Our practice tests enable familiarisation with the types of questions and the format of the actual exam, which can help them gain confidence in the lead up to the big day.


With the use of our practice tests, students will be able to precisely identify their strengths and weaknesses, which will guide them in devising a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’. Moreover, our practice tests will help them get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure. 


Our recommendations to help students prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 16 plus entrance examination can be found below.


Wycombe Abbey 16 Plus (16+) Exam Practice Tests and Papers




To prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 16+ UKiset online test, we would highly recommend using the following practice resources:


UKiset 16 Plus – Practice Test 1


UKiset 16 Plus – Practice Test 2


UKiset 16 Plus – Practice Test 3


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To prepare for the Wycombe Abbey 16+ English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


16+ English Pack 1


 16+ English Pack 2




The following packs help develop arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Wycombe Abbey 16+ maths paper:


16+ Mathematics Pack 1


16+ Mathematics Pack 2



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Wycombe Abbey 16+ 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 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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

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