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What is a good credit score?

If you were hoping to get a definitive answer, we have to let you know that it’s more complicated than that. A number that could seem like a good credit score with one agency might be a poor credit score with another. We’ve done our best to crack the code, so you don’t have to.

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What is a good credit score?

You’re not going to like this: there’s no simple number to indicate what a good credit score is. That’s because the three credit reference agencies — Callcredit, Experian, and Equifax — all use different methods to separate their score bands. Information like this is often jealously protected by credit reference agencies

What is a good credit score with Callcredit?

The credit reference agency, Callcredit, provides the data TotallyMoney uses to build your Free Credit Report.

Their credit scores are out of 710, and they define a good credit score as anything that’s 604 or more. You can see all their classifications in the table below.

Score Band Rating
0–550 Very Poor Rating 1
551–565 Poor Rating 2
566–603 Fair Rating 3
604–627 Good Rating 4
628–710 Excellent Rating 5

To find out what your credit score is with Callcredit, simply sign up for TotallyMoney’s Free Credit Report. It doesn’t cost anything, won’t harm your credit rating, and your score is updated each time you log in — so you always have an up-to-the-minute picture of your financial health.

What is a good credit score with Experian?

Experian provide credit scores out of 999, and define a good credit score as anything that’s 881 or above. You can see all their classifications in the table below.

Score Band
0—560 Very Poor
561—720 Poor
721—880 Fair
881—960 Good
961—999 Excellent

What is a good credit score with Equifax?

Equifax provide credit scores out of 700, and define a good credit score as anything that’s 420 or above. You can see all their classifications in the table below.

Score Band
0—279 Very Poor
280—379 Poor
380—419 Fair
420—465 Good
466—700 Excellent

Why is it important to have a good credit score?

There are several reasons why it’s important to have a good credit score. If you’re hoping, for example, to take out a mortgage to buy your own home one day, your credit score will need to be in good shape to get accepted and to get the best rates.

Having a good credit score also means you’re much more likely to get the best rates when you take out other credit products.

For example, you’re much more likely to get better credit card offers (such as longer balance transfers and purchase deals), low-APR loans, and even 0% finance agreements if your credit score is good.

If your credit score isn’t good, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get accepted for credit. However, lenders will view you as more of a risk, and as a result your interest rates will probably be higher, and any purchase or balance transfer offers you get will probably be shorter.

Before you apply for anything, it’s always a good idea to check your eligibility and see your chances of being accepted.

How can I get a good credit score?

To get a good credit score, you need to know first what your credit score is. It might already be good!

You can find out what your credit score is by signing up for your Free Credit Report with TotallyMoney. It only takes a few moments, won’t harm your credit rating, and doesn’t cost a penny.

If you already know what your credit score is, and it could do with improving, you need to convince lenders that you’re a responsible borrower and that you can you can be relied upon to pay back what you owe.

For more on how to get a good credit score, read our guide: ‘11 tips on how to improve your credit score.

Summary: what is a good credit score?

• 604+ with Callcredit
• 881+ with Experian
• 420+ with Equifax.