One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An examination taken, usually at the age of 13, by pupils wishing to enter public schools.
- ‘The first thing was the headline, which notes that the number of children taking Common Entrance now hovers around 20,000.’
- ‘That was the year I sat my Common Entrance.’
- ‘But my mother toiled hard to provide for me and I was lucky enough to get into a good high school after I passed the Common Entrance, so I have a decent education and I'm no fool.’
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