SAT Scores of the Famous

SAT Scores of Famous People, Famous SAT Scores, Famous People SAT Scores

A-Rod scored a 910 on his SAT. Nope, that was not his area code. It was his SAT score. His total score (photo credit: Keith Allison).

Curious to know which celebrities scored high on their SAT? Wonder no more. We know it’s been keeping you up at night. On the 1600 scale, Bill Gates scored a 1590. Pretty close to perfect! And how about Paul Allen, also of Microsoft? A 1600. Take that Bill Gates. Bill O’Reilly scored a 1585. No, you can’t score a number that ends in 5 anymore, but you could then! And how about Ben Stein from “Ferris Bueller”? Did you know that Ferris Bueller’s day off was exactly 29 years ago today? It was. Anyhow, Ben Stein scored a 1573. Bueller?

Allegedly, Natalie Portman scored somewhere in the 1400’s, while there have been rumors that have circulated that Will Smith scored perfectly. But he only admits to his score having been “high.” In West Philadelphia born and raised! Stephen King and Meredith Vieira both scored somewhere in the 1300’s, while former President George W. Bush scored a 1206. In the 2004 election, though, President Bush actually had a higher SAT score than his opponent, current Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry scored an 1190.

And how about Kobe Bryant who bypassed college to go directly from high school to the Los Angeles Lakers by way of the Charlotte Hornets? He scored a 1080. Dr. Bill Cosby didn’t do so well on the test either. He scored a 500 (with 400 being the lowest score possible). But Dr. Cosby earned a track scholarship to Temple and the rest was history. It goes to show you that you can become successful in this world in spite of low SAT scores. But, if we’ve learned anything from Malcolm Gladwell, maybe folks like Bill Cosby became successful not in spite of their SAT scores — but rather because of them.

Have any other SAT scores of the famous to share? Let us know by posting a Comment below! Alright, we’ll throw in a few more celebrity SAT scores: Ben Affleck allegedly scored an almost perfect score. Al Gore? 1355. Take that Internet. Steve Wozniak of Apple? A perfect score on the math section. That’s really shocking (not!). Jesse Eisenberg? 1260. We suspect the man he portrayed in “The Social Network” scored higher. A-Rod? 910. Yikes! And how about James Franco? “Near perfect.” We’ll believe that one when we see it. Or maybe he imagined a future in which he watched the subsequent movie “How High” and took great inspiration?


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  • Anna B says:

    Wow! Natalie Portman and Will Smith! that is so cool! Thanks for sharing the info! Great read!

  • John says:

    Bill O’Reilly cheated. There is no way that some one who consistently makes gross errors in logic, reasoning and facts could score that high. Just like in his error filled books, he hired someone to take the test in his stead.

  • John says:

    SAT and ACT scores today are really meaningless. They just provide a baseline if you are qualified to pursue what you are aiming to do or not. Back then SAT and ACT were the only things that mattered to get into a good college and that kind of thinking lasted until the early 90s. If you noticed most of these celebrities fall under this category. The people back then fully dedicate themselves to scoring big on these tests going to all different training camps. This was very possible then as high school curriculum was not standard then and from what I heard the schools also led the training for SAT and ACT programs. From the late 90s the curriculum demand in schools increased so much that it is practically impossible to dedicate that much time to train for SAT and ACT tests and most schools now are pretty negligent to train students for those tests. Most colleges now look at both your high school transcript and SAT and ACT scores. If you have a very good high school transcript with demanding subjects and only make it close to their required SAT/ACT score they tend to ignore your SAT/ACT score because as far as they are concerned those tests really mean nothing when it comes to the subjects you will have to do in college.

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