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What is a Credit Score?
Your credit score is a mathematical model designed to predict credit risk, based on data contained within your credit file. Lenders typically review this type of information to determine whether to extend credit, and on what terms. A higher score usually means you pose a lower risk to the lender, who will, in turn, be more likely to offer you favorable interest rates.
Your score is based on the Equifax Credit Score™ model — a proprietary formula using the information from your Equifax credit file. It's a numerical value ranging from 280-850, with the higher value representing lower credit risk. And, as the information contained in your credit files changes over time, so might any new scores based on your data. Your credit score from a month ago may have changed if there has been any recent activity on your credit file. A number of factors can affect your credit score, including:
Lenders may use other credit scoring models to determine credit worthiness, so your actual number could vary when shopping a new loan. However, most models consider similar factors and share a common theme — generally, the higher your score, the lower risk you present to lenders.
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