Getting ready for the ACT, just like the SAT, is for many students a sometimes mundane-feeling task in comparison with school, sports, family, relationships, etc. It’s a test that can you get into your dream school but it’s not exactly glamorous either. You’d be surprised to know which celebrities have been in the same shoes as you and done well on the ACT.
Let’s take a quick look at the ACT scores from a few different celebrities you will know and see how they stack up against each other.
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Celebrity ACT Scores
Here are a few people you’ll know and their ACT scores; to provide a bit more variety, we’ve also included a number of people who took the SAT, but showcase their equivalent ACT scores (indicated by an asterisk):
|Sonia Sotomayor||35||Princeton University|
|Matt Birk||34||Harvard University|
|Waka Flocka Flame||35||N/A|
|Steve Jobs||32||Reed College|
|Barack Obama||30||Columbia University|
|Lyndon B. Johnson||26||Texas State University|
|William Faulkner||18||University of Mississippi|
|Natalie Portman||33*||Harvard University|
|Bill Clinton||22*||Harvard University|
|George W. Bush||26*||Yale University|
|Bill Gates||35*||Harvard University|
|Al Gore||30*||Harvard University|
|Peyton Manning||22*||University of Tennessee|
Key Points To Remember
Besides the curiosity factor, here are a couple of key points to remember:
Don’t Judge A Book By A Cover – It’s easy today to undervalue how important school was on many celebrities. Too often the media shines its light on a celebrity’s popularity and success, without looking at the hard work and education that happened before fame arrived.
At a glance, it should be little surprise that Microsoft founder Bill Gates scored a 35* (equivalent ACT score), given his visionary leadership of that company. However, how many people would have guessed that hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame scored 35* (equivalent ACT score)? More importantly, who would have possibly guessed that his ACT score was five points higher than US President Barack Obama?
At one point, these people went through the same struggles as every high school student right now getting ready for the test. They faced the same nervousness, having to fit in study sessions, work on practice tests, etc…just like you.
Don’t Let The ACT Define You – In spite of the pressure that the ACT can present mentally, don’t let it define who you are during the preparation process. Remember that your life is not determined by one test score alone. Consider novelist William Faulkner; Faulkner scored an 18 on the ACT, not an incredibly impressive score overall. But consider his career – award-winning author, including the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Or consider Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, who scored a 21 on her test. Not a terrible score, but it certainly didn’t hold her back from pursuing her dream and becoming a legend in the process. Your future success can indeed be helped by a high ACT score, but don’t put yourself under the manufactured pressure of thinking that the score alone guarantees it.
How Prep Expert Can Help You Prepare
Don’t let the ACT prevent you from achieving success, just like people on this list.
At Prep Expert, we understand that there’s no reason why you can’t aspire to the heights that these people have achieved. Our purpose is to help you do so by providing you with strategies and insights to help you score as high as possible on the ACT.
Taught by 99th percentile-scoring instructors, our strategies are constantly put into practice through many homework assignments and weekly practice tests. Together, these assignments allow you to address your problem areas on the test before having to take it for real.
Ultimately, our aim is to help you achieve your goals for both school and life by providing the tools to overcome this first hurdle in the process – your test score. Be sure to check out our various class options, from in-person, live online, to self-paced video on demand, to find one that fits your goals and schedule. Our classes are available year-round, so there’s no reason to wait.
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Celebrity ACT Scores FAQ
What was Steve Jobs’ ACT score?
What did Barack Obama score on the ACT?
Are there any hip-hop artists with high ACT scores?
Hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame scored 35* (equivalent ACT score).
Which celebrity had a low ACT score?
Novelist William Faulkner scored an 18 on the ACT, not an incredibly impressive score overall. But consider his career – award-winning author, including the Nobel Prize for Literature.