Getting ready for the SAT is, for many students, an important but sometimes mundane-feeling task. It’s a test that will help you get into the school of your choice but it’s not exactly glamorous either. You’d be surprised to know how many celebrities from all walks of life have been in the same shoes as you.
Let’s take a quick look at the SAT scores from a variety of celebrities you will know and see how they stack up against each other.
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Celebrity SAT Scores
Here are a few people you may know of, how high they scored on the SAT, and which schools, if any, they attended afterward.
|Paul Allen||1600||Washington State University|
|Will Smith||Rumored to be near perfect||N/A|
|Ben Affleck||Near Perfect||Occidental College, University of Vermont|
|Bill Gates||1590||Harvard University|
|Ben Bernanke||1590||Harvard University|
|Bill O’Reilly||1600||Marist College|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||1580||Harvard University|
|Ben Stein||1573||Columbia University|
|Rush Limbaugh||1530||Southeast Missouri State University|
|Scott McNealy||1420||Stanford University|
|Natalie Portman||over 1400||Harvard University|
|Darren Aronofsky||1360||Harvard University|
|Al Gore||1355||Harvard University|
|Stephen King||around 1300||University of Maine|
|Meredith Vieira||1300s||Tufts University|
|Jesse Eisenberg||1260||The New School|
|George W. Bush||1206||Yale University|
|Derek Jeter||1200||University of Michigan|
|John Kerry||1190||Yale University|
|Courtney Cox||1150||Mount Vernon College|
|Amy Tan||1100s||Linfield College, San José State University|
|Bill Clinton||1032||Georgetown University|
|Peyton Manning||1030||University of Tennessee|
|Al Franken||1020||Harvard University|
|Janeane Garafalo||950||Providence College|
|Howard Stern||830||Boston University|
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 in today’s culture to underestimate the importance of school on many celebrities. Too often the media will focus on a celebrity’s popularity and success, without looking at the hard work and education that helped get them there in the first place.
At a glance, it should be little surprise that Microsoft founder Bill Gates scored 1590, given his future as a tech mogul. However, how many people would have guessed that Ke$ha scored 1500? Or that Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman also scored over 1400 and graduated from Harvard University?
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 SAT Define You – In spite of the pressure that scoring well on the SAT creates, don’t let it define who you are during the process. Remember that one’s life is not determined by one scholastic score alone. A perfect example from above is radio host Howard Stern. A somewhat lackluster student who only scored 830 on the SAT, Stern went on to become a legend in the broadcast radio business, extending his reach into films, television, publishing, etc.
Or consider former US Senator Al Franken, and President Bill Clinton; both men who scored less than 1100. Your future success can indeed be helped by a high SAT 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 SAT prevent you from success, just like the celebrities who shared their scores with the world.
At Prep Expert, we understand that there’s no reason why you can’t aspire to the heights that these people have in their lives and careers too. Our purpose is to help you do so by providing you the strategies and insights that our founder Shaan Patel developed to achieve a perfect 1600 score.
Taught by our 99th percentile-scoring instructors, these strategies are put into practice through our various homework assignments and weekly practice tests. Together, this work will allow you to both find and 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 SAT Scores FAQ
How high was Bill Gates’ SAT score?
Who has an unexpectedly high SAT score?
Hip-hop artist Ke$ha scored 1500 when she took the test.
Any Academy Award winners with a high SAT score?
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman scored over 1400. She later attended Harvard University.
What are some SAT scores from U.S. presidents?
Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush scored 1032 and 1206 on the SAT respectively.