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Wycombe Abbey

Wycombe Abbey is an independent girls' boarding and day school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. It has been consistently ranked as the top all-girls school nationally in academic results, and is considered to be one of the best boarding schools in the world.


The first step in applying for 11+ entry to Wycombe Abbey School is to arrange a visit for one of their open mornings. There are virtual tours also available for those not able to attend.

You can find the available dates here:

Open Mornings

You must register your daughter to apply at least 16 months before the entry date i.e. before June in Year 5. You can find the online registration form here:

Registration Form

In the October of the year prior to admission, registered students will be invited to attend an assessment day. Candidates will have an individual interview with a senior member of staff and will take part in small group activities with different departments. Your child will also sit an online pre-test. Wycombe Abbey will also request a report from your child’s current school.

The Test

The online pre-test is developed by CEM, and covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Mathematical Reasoning.

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Shortly after the admissions day, the school will make offers conditional on performance in the ISEB 11+ Common Entrance test. If your child attends a school registered with the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB), her school will enter her for Common Entrance and administer the examinations. Alternatively, if the school is not registered with the ISEB your child must be entered for the examinations directly with the ISEB (by 1 December) and sit the papers at a British Council office overseas.

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


Following the 11+ Common Entrance papers, selected candidates will be invited to take the Wycombe Abbey Scholarship Examinations. Candidates will sit papers in English, Mathematics and Science as well as a Language Aptitude Test.

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