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We can tell you how likely you are to be accepted for things like credit cards and personal loans before you apply. We can even tell you if you’re pre-approved* for any offers, too.
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Can you check your credit score for free?
You can get your Experian Credit Score without paying a penny, by signing up for a free Experian account.
Your free score will be updated every 30 days if you log in.
You can check your credit score as often as you like – checking it won’t harm it.
What’s a credit score?
A credit score, also known as a credit rating, is a three-digit number that reflects how reliable you are when it comes to repaying money. Your credit score is based on how you’ve handled money in the past. The higher your credit score, the better your chances of being accepted for credit, and at the best rates.
Your credit score influences your chances of getting:
Credit cards, loans and mortgages
Gas & electricity monthly contracts
Mobile phone contracts
Insurance instalment plans
How does a credit score work?
Your credit score is calculated whenever you apply for credit, such as a loan, credit card, mortgage, or even a mobile phone contract. How your score is worked out depends on the company you’re applying to – different companies have different methods and may use different information, so your credit rating may vary between them.
Lenders typically look at your borrowing history, your current borrowing, and other relevant information such as your income. Usually, they’ll look at information taken from the following:
How’s your Experian Credit Score calculated?
The Experian Free Credit Score runs from 0-999. It’s based on information in your Experian Credit Report – like how often you apply for credit, how much you owe, and whether you make payments on time.
You’ll lose points for having information on your report that suggests to lenders you’re unlikely to manage credit responsibly, such as previous late payments and defaults. You’ll gain points for things that lenders usually view positively, such as a track record of always paying on time and being on the electoral roll.
Experian Credit Score
What’s a good or average credit score?
We consider a ‘good’ score to be between 881 and 960, with ‘fair’ (also the average) between 721 and 880. However, there’s no ‘magic’ number that will guarantee lenders will approve an application if you apply.
If your credit score is poor, you’ll probably find it harder to borrow money or access certain services. We consider a ‘poor’ score to be between 561 and 720, with ‘very poor’ between 0-560. But remember, lenders may have different views of what an ideal customer looks like to them, which will be reflected in how they calculate your credit score.
Your free Experian Credit Score is intended as a useful guide to give you an idea of how lenders may view your credit history. Knowing your score can help you make more informed choices when it comes to credit.