Entrance examinations at 11+ and 13+

Entry at both 11+ and 13+ is by interview first and, if an offer is made, by the Common Entrance examinations.

At 11+ candidates take Common Entrance and those wishing to enter for the Scholarship take the Wycombe Abbey Scholarship papers in addition to the Common Entrance papers.

At 13+ candidates may take the Scholarship examinations instead of the Common Entrance examinations.

Candidates attending preparatory schools registered with the ISEB will usually be entered for the examination by those schools but candidates should check their school's individual policy with regard to Common Entrance entry. Those at other schools, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should enter their daughter directly with ISEB, from whom past papers, copies of the syllabus and exact examination dates may be obtained.


For a link to the ISEB site click here.


Candidates sit the Common Entrance Examination at their current school, not at Wycombe Abbey.


11+ candidates take Common Entrance Examinations in January in English, Mathematics and Science.


13+ candidates take Common Entrance Examinations in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language chosen from French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.  There are also optional papers in Latin and Greek, and candidates may choose to take an additional modern language paper chosen from the four options above.  The examinations are taken in either January (candidates from overseas or in UK senior schools) or June (candidates in UK preparatory schools).  We offer our own alternative, non-syllabus-specific examination papers at 13+ in all three of the Humanities subjects (History, Geography and Religious Studies) for candidates attending schools which do not follow the British curriculum.


Wycombe Abbey will also request a report from the Head of her current school for every candidate.


Results are usually posted within two weeks of the candidate sitting the entrance papers. Places must be accepted and a deposit paid by the due date.