ACT Scores of Famous People


Ever wonder how your ACT scores (or goal ACT scores) stack up to the scores of the rich and powerful? In this episode of TuesdACT we take a look at certain ACT scores of famous people–from rap stars to Presidents and WWE wrestlers to Supreme Court Justices–and they certainly may surprise you.

Disclaimer: It’s hard to fact-check the test scores of famous people. Even if they announced their ACT scores or SAT scores in interviews, who’s to say they didn’t inflate them just a little, or simply have a poor memory of them? Regardless, I’m going to continue to feed the internet rumor mills with these reported test scores. 🙂


Celebrity ACT Scores

(For celebs with reported SAT scores, I’ve converted them to the rough equivalent ACT scores below, and vice-versa.)

CelebrityACT Score (or equivalent)SAT Score (or equivalent)
Barack Obama301410*
Wacka Flocka Flame341550*
Steve Jobs321480*
Marilyn Monroe211080*
Sonia Sotomayor351580*
John Cena20 and 36 (whaaa???)1050* and 1600*
Scarlett Johansson23*1080
Natalie Portman33*1400
Bill Clinton22*1032
George W. Bush26*1206
Bill Gates36*1590
Al Gore30*1355
Peyton Manning22*1030
Ben Affleck"Near perfect" (mmhmmm)Almost 1600 (I repeat: mmhmmm)

*ACT equivalent of SAT score or SAT equivalent of ACT score

As you can see, your dreams of becoming President of the United States or an NFL quarterback need not be inhibited by average ACT scores. And there are some pretty brainy recording artists out there: Look ma, Waka Flocka Flame probably got his ACT scores with no hands. 😛

(Related: Can You Guess The Degrees of The First Ladies?)

Just starting your ACT journey or looking for more information about the test? Our post on everything you need to know about ACT scores is a good place to start!



  • Kristin Fracchia

    Dr. Kristin Fracchia has over fifteen years of expertise in college and graduate school admissions and with a variety of standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT, with several 99% scores. She had a PhD from the University of California, Irvine, an MA degree from The Catholic University, and BA degrees in Secondary Education and English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Club Fellowship from the University of California, Irvine. She’s worked as a high school teacher and university professor, as an independent college and graduate school admissions counselor, and as an expert tutor for standardized tests, helping hundreds of students gain acceptance into premier national and international institutions. She now develops accessible and effective edtech products for Magoosh. Her free online content and YouTube videos providing test prep and college admissions advice have received over 6 million views in over 125 countries. Kristin is an advocate for improving access to education: you can check out her TEDx talk on the topic. Follow Kristin on LinkedIn!

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