How do I understand my Equifax Credit Score?

Understanding your Equifax Credit Score can give you a better indication of how lenders view you when applying for credit. Your Equifax Credit Score is a credit rating between 0-1200 that lenders may look at when you apply for a loan or credit. Generally, the higher your score, the better it is as it indicates lower risk.

Your Equifax Credit Score is calculated using the information on your credit report at a certain point in time and, as it can be used by lenders to assess your application for a loan, it’s an important number to know. Your Equifax Credit Score is dynamic and changes as information is added to or deleted from your credit file.

Your Equifax Credit Score is also a great tool in helping you understand the information on your credit report. If you have ever looked at your credit report, you’ll know that it can contain lots of unfamiliar information that can be difficult to understand. With your Equifax Credit Score, not only do you find out your credit rating, but you’ll also learn what information on your credit report is contributing to that rating, good and bad. We call this information 'contributing factors'. It’s important to understand what's contributing to your credit rating as there may be things you can do to help improve your credit rating.

If you’re curious about what your Equifax Score is and how you compare to others, you may want to consider signing up to a monthly subscription package. If you would like to get a copy of your free credit report you can do so here. The free credit report does not include your Equifax Credit Score.