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Celebrity SAT Scores

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. 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 look at the SAT scores from a variety of celebrities 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.

Celebrity Score University
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
James Woods 1579 MIT
Ben Stein 1573 Columbia University
Rush Limbaugh 1530 Southeast Missouri State University
Ke$ha 1500 N/A
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
Kobe Bryant 1080 N/A
Scarlett Johansson 1080 N/A
Bill Clinton 1032 Georgetown University
Peyton Manning 1030 University of Tennessee
Al Franken 1020 Harvard University
Janeane Garafalo 950 Providence College
Alex Rodriguez 900 N/A
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 today to underestimate the importance of school on many celebrities. Too often, we focus on a celebrity’s popularity and success, without looking at the hard work and education that helped get them there.

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?


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 of scoring well on the SAT, don’t let it define who you are. Remember that one’s life is not determined by one test score alone.

A perfect example 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.

Consider former US Senator Al Franken and President Bill Clinton; both men scored less than 1100. Your future success can be helped by a high SAT score, but don’t put yourself under the 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. Our purpose is to help you by providing the strategies and insights that our founder Shaan Patel developed to achieve a perfect SAT score.

Taught by our 99th percentile-scoring instructors, these strategies are put into practice through our homework assignments and weekly practice tests. Together, this work will help you find and address your test problem areas before having to take it for real.

Our aim is to help you achieve your goals for school and life by providing the tools to overcome this first hurdle – your test score. Be sure to check out our various class options, 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.

Todd Marcus

Written by Todd Marcus

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