Credit Report Scoring Factors

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If you have a goal to reach a particular score or just want to learn more about credit scores in general, it’s important to know what affects your credit scores and how your actions could improve or hurt your creditworthiness.

Although there are many credit scoring models, all the scores are trying to figure out the same thing — the likelihood of you paying your bill on time, or even at all. And whether you’re looking at a FICO® or VantageScore® credit score, your scores are based on the same information: the data in your credit reports.

While various credit scoring models may weigh each factor differently, the leading ones, FICO® and VantageScore®, place similar relative importance on the following five categories of information.