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At Credit Sesame we believe that credit checks are vital to your financial well being. This is why offering you this free service is an important part of our company. Our patent pending analyses take a look at your credit history and debt situation to advise you on how much you can save on loans, credit card debt, and your home mortgage. Being aware of your credit score will help you understand your financial standing and give you the ability to know what next steps to take to further improve it.

How Does Credit Sesame Work & How Does It Find My Credit Score?

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What Can You Do With Your Score?

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We use TransUnion (VantageScore) to show you what’s impacting your credit score, if you are overpaying on your loans and credit cards, and how your financial picture compares to your peers. We’ll show you personalized, objective savings recommendations on home loans, credit cards, auto loans and more.

How Often Do Credit Scores Change?

Example Timeline of Credit Score Changes

Credit scores can change once a week for some and not at all for months (or even longer) for others. It usually takes specific changes to your credit information for your score to move, and once these changes occur, it could take some time for your credit report to reflect your new status. Due to this fact, you may want to consider tracking your credit score over longer periods of time. While the fact that your credit score hasn’t moved in a few months might seem concerning, it will likely seem less so in the context of a sixty-point improvement over an entire year.

Starting to Improve Your Credit

When you open a new line of credit, a few immediate changes are usually made to your credit report. Most instantly, a new hard inquiry will probably be added to your report, and your average age of credit history could drop. Due to these factors, opening a new account is likely to drop your credit score in the short term. However, as you begin to diligently pay off your bills, the additional on-time payments, the higher number of total accounts and your now-growing age of credit history will likely outweigh the initial downsides, and your score can benefit in the long term.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Credit?

Credit is simply the ability for a consumer to be able to borrow money in order to purchase a product or service. You can get credit from a grantor (for example, from a bank), to whom you will need to pay back the full amount and possible interest charges that might add up over the period of time. There are four different types of credit starting with revolving credit, charge card, service credit, and installment credit. When you get credit and pay it back on time your credit rating improves over time and allows you the opportunity to borrow more from grantors. You have several credit scores you can check from the three top credit bureaus to see where your stand in the range. Check your credit often to see where you stand.

What is Bad, Good, & Excellent Credit?

The most popular credit scoring system in the United States is based on the FICO (Fair Isaac Corp.) range. This scoring range starts at 300 as the poorest score and goes up to 850 as the highest range possible, or excellent credit. Specifically, bad credit ranges from 300 to 629, fair credit ranges from 630 to 689, good credit ranges from 690 to 719, and finally, excellent credit which ranges from 720 and to 850. Other popular credit score range formulas exist, such as the VantageScore, which is what TransUnion, our credit score provider uses. It too ranges from 300 to 850. Checking your credit score with Credit Sesame is easy and can be done every month to see how your credit is performing.

How Do I Check My Credit Score?

Checking your credit score is quite easy with Credit Sesame and can be done in 90 seconds. You can do a free credit check once a month with a basic account or get daily free credit checks with a premium account. Once you open your new account you will get an instant credit check from TransUnion, using VantageScore 3.0, which has their own way to calculate credit scores. Other credit score models include the FICO score, which uses a different methodology to calculate your credit. You can use our reports to determine the types of accounts you have open, your credit utilization, and many other important metrics that you need to know in order to understand where you stand on the credit range. This will help you determine your financial health.

How Does My Free Credit Score Check Affect My Credit?

When you check your credit score for free with Credit Sesame it makes no impact on your credit score since it is a soft credit check, not a hard credit check. When doing a soft credit check you are only pulling your credit score to view how you are performing, not because you are applying for a loan or other type of credit that you are hoping to get approved for. You do a free credit check online as many times as you like (at a cost if done more than once monthly) and it will not affect your credit standing. If you plan on applying for a loan, then you are saying that the lender can “check my credit” to see if you can be approved. This type of inquiry will affect your credit score.

What is a CPN Number?

A Credit Privacy Number (CPN) is a 9 digit number that is free and legal to get depending on how you use it. You will commonly find high-level business or government officials and members using this number that allows them to protect personal information for security reasons. You still need to have a social security number, as the CPN number is not a replacement for it. This number is used for business purposes that can allow a business to build credit, while not affecting in any way your current or past credit history. You will still rely on your credit score for personal use and it will determine you ability to get loans and other types of credit once you apply for it.

Does Doing a Free Credit Check with Credit Sesame Hurt My Credit?

There are only certain factors that can affect your credit score. Some of those factors are your payment history, credit utilization rate, credit age, account types, and the amount of credit inquiries you have on your account. More importantly, it also matters that type of inquiries that occurred. If it was a simple soft credit check, that Credit Sesame performs, your credit will not be affected. On the other hand, if you have had a hard credit inquiry, for example applying for a loan, will slowly reduce your credit score. Typically, the reduction in your credit score will be minor and rebounds afterwards.

What is My Credit Score Upon Account Opening?

Everyone begins with a blank slate, without any records or credit score. If you do not have any data on your consumer report you cannot have a credit score since there is nothing to calculate. The credit bureaus will begin collecting your data at the age of 18 if you begin to borrow credit. This means what when you are getting your credit card or loan you will have to go to banks or other lenders that will approve those with no credit history – usually meaning you will end up paying high interest rates. The lender will pull your credit score and find nothing upon credit request. If you are approved and pay you wills on time the lender will typically report it to the bureau.

Can I Check My Credit Score Everyday?

Credit Sesame will give you your free credit score once a month based on the VantageScore. You can check your credit score everyday but it will cost you. Typically, your credit score will gradually improve over time, so it is best to check on occassion to see a much more significant improvement or decline. If you do choose to check your credit score often you do not have to worry about it affecting your credit score. There are two types of credit inquiries that can happen. Hard inquiries are the types of credit checks that can impact your credit score slightly and is usually done by a creditor. While soft credit checks will not impact your credit score.

What is in a Credit Score

Payment History

Credit payment history determines 35% of a FICO Score. The first thing any lender wants to know is whether you’ve paid past credit accounts on time. This is one of the most important factors in a FICO® Score.

Credit Age

Your credit age plays a role in your final credit score. It consists of factors such as age of oldest credit account, newest credit account, average of all accounts, types of accounts (mortgage, auto loans, etc), and last time each account was used.

Credit Utilization

Your credit utilization is the ratio of the amount of your credit card balances compared to the credit limits you have available. For example, if you have $500 credit balance while your limit is $1000, then your credit utilization is 50%.

Account Mix

Accounts mix (or credit mix) involves different types of accounts that you have, such as revolving accounts, installment accounts, or open accounts. Having a mix of accounts does have an impact on your overall credit score.

Credit Inquries

When applying for credit, lenders will check your credit score (inquiry), which will impact your credit score depending on your account. A soft inquiry will not affect your score but a hard inquiry on the other hand will.

Credit Score Range

Poor (Bad) Credit Score

If you have a bad / poor credit score then it means you are sitting between the credit score range of 300 to 629, which is were about 22% of Americans are currently sitting. Having a bad credit score does have quite a significant impact on your ability to borrow credit from lenders. Getting anything from an auto loan to an excellent credit card at low interest rates will very difficult to achieve. Auto or home insurance can be higher along with utility deposits that those will higher credit score usually get to skip on will not be likely. Dipping to a bad credit standing usually means you forgot to pay some bills on your credit card or car loan but it isn’t the end of your ability to credit. You can find providers who will be willing to lend and if you continue paying your bills on time your credit can improve over time.

Fair Credit Score

If you are sitting at fair credit then you are right between bad and good credit. This usually means that you are between the low and mid 600’s. At this credit score range you will have a lot more options available than those with bad credit score ranges. At this point you can start applying for mortgages which typically begin at the score of 620. Auto loans are quite common in this range as well. When it comes to credit cards you begin to have a lot more options as well but not quite to the point where you can enjoy 0% interest rates or high rewards. At this point the most ideal option is to continue to push for a good credit score to open up even more options when it comes to mortgages, loans, credit cards, and more.

Good Credit Score

A good credit score ranges from 700 to 749 according to the FICO credit range while on a Vantage Score 3.0 you would end up at a B grade. You can check your credit score for free with Credit Sesame to see whether you fall inside the ‘good’ credit range. If you find yourself below the ‘good’ range then you can do several important actions to get yourself back up. First pay your bills on time, watch your balances, don’t go overboard applying for credit, live within your means, mix up your accounts, and finally, look into the future – credit history counts. With a good credit score range you will get a lot of great perks when it comes to applying for credit such as credit cards or loans.

Excellent Credit Score

If you find yourself sitting at an excellent credit score range then you are on the range of 750 or above according to the FICO range or an A if you are measuring based on the VantageScore 3.0 range. Getting to this position in the credit scale means that your payment history, credit utilization, credit age, credit mix, and inquiries are at the perfect (or excellent) amount. Having excellent credit opens numerous doors to the top credit card offers, best rates of loans, and other offers offered by lenders. This doesn’t mean that you are ‘done’ building your credit, especially if you are on the low end of excellent. It is recommended to continuously improve your credit.


What Can Hurt Your Credit?

^ Hard Inquiries

Checking your credit can affect your credit score but only if it is a hard credit inquiry. This type of credit check is typically done by creditors when they want to see your entire profile in order to approve or decline you for credit when you are applying. Keep in mind that this is usually a small decline and temporary until you start paying your loan back. Be sure to check your credit score every month from Credit Sesame to see if you have anything negative on your credit report.

^ Loan Default

Missing a payment on a loan, whether student or personal, will have a negative impact on your credit score. It is important tht you set reminders for yourself to pay your bills on time or you can potentially slip into a lower credit range bracket limiting your ability to get new credit at low rates. Loan defaults remain on your credit history for 7 years. Paying it back will be your top priority at that point.

^ Late Payments

You can be late to make a payment by 5 days or a month it won’t matter, having late payments on your report will have an impact on your credit score. Other consequences include being charged a late fee and increased interest rates on your account. Not every lender will report to the bureau, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t end up on your file.

^ Collections

Not paying your bills on time can make your debt end up in collections. For example, if you become delinquent on a debt, whether it is a medical bill or credit card bill, this type of debt can end up at a collections agency who will then try to recover that lost debt. Checking your credit score for free with Credit Sesame to see your credit standing and whether you have anything negative on your report.

^ Bankruptcy

Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is common among those who cannot handle their debt and need a way out. The way this impacts your credit score really depends on how your score was when you applied for bankruptcy, it will affect different ranges differently. If you had a good standing, your score will dip quite a bit, while on the other hand if you already had fair or bad credit, the dip won’t be as significant.

What Can Help Your Credit?

% Disputing Errors

The latest FTC report shows that approximately 1 in 4 Americans found at least one significant error on their report. What most aren’t aware of or take action on is the ability to dispute credit report errors with the bureaus. First, spot the error on your credit report. Review all of your reports with the bureaus to make sure you have all the information. Next file the dispute with the right bureaus online. Finally, follow up.

% Paying Debt

Make sure that you are paying all of your debt on time if possible. Doing so will not only improve your credit rating it will ensure that it doesn’t decline. Paying your debts on time will eventually open up more doors to better interest rate credit cards and other more attractive credit offers. You can set up alerts as reminders to pay your bills so it won’t slip your mind.

% Rent

Although not every landlord does so, rent can play a role in improving your credit score in some cases. Making sure that you are paying your rent on time every month is just as important as paying any other bill or debt. Not doing so can make it end up as a late payment and impact your credit score negatively. Ask your landlord if they submit to any of the three major bureaus.

% Good Debt

Do not remove debt that has been on your credit report for a while and has been paid on time and in full. Leaving good debt and closed accounts is actually good for your credit report and can help improve your credit score by showing your committment to paying your creditors.

% Increasing Credit Limit

Try to increase your credit line which will in turn improve your credit utilization ratio (percentage of your credit limit that you have used) which will in turn help improve your score. You typically get the option to do this with your credit card issuers, and if it is offered we recommend you take it.

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Credit Report vs. Credit Score: What’s the Difference?

Free Credit Report Free Credit Score
What is it? Your credit report is a summary of all of your credit history over time. Your credit score is a formula used by bureaus to determine how creditworthy you are.
Where can you get it? You can get your report with Credit Sesame or with an major credit bureau. You can get your credit score from Credit Sesame or other places such as myFico.
What kind of information does it show?
  • Name, address, and social security number
  • Types of credit you use
  • Dates of new credit lines
  • Balances & available credit
  • Accounts that are in collections
  • Any recent credit
  • Information related to bankruptcy, tax liens, and court judgements
  • The amount of debt you owe
  • The length of your credit history
  • What your credit mix is made up of
  • New credit
Who uses which? Your creditor will typically do a hard credit inquiry to see if there is risk to giving you credit. Your utility or phone company will do a soft credit inquiry before making a decision if you have to make a downpayment or not.

Credit Myths

My credit report is the same at all three bureaus

Your credit report will not be the same across all of the three major bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) because not all lenders report to all three. Some might have inputted the data wrong and might show up with errors while others might be perfectly correct. That is why it is important to check your report from all three of the major bureaus at least once a year (which is free) to determine if there are any issues. You cannot make any lender report your credit, so it is important to know the differences between your reports since different lenders pull your report usually from different bureaus.

Lenders are required by law to report my payments to bureaus

Lenders are not required by law to report to credit bureaus but they typically do report to at least one bureau. This is why your credit reports might not be the same across all bureaus. Some lenders might report it to one bureau while others might report to all three – while others won’t report it at all. Check your credit score and credit report across all major bureaus to make sure that you have no errors being reported as that would be a much bigger issue than your credit reports in one bureau missing some information.

Paying off bad debts, past due payments, collections, tax liens will remove them from my report

Your debts and collections will remain on your credit report. Most items ranging from bankruptcies to collections will remain on your credit report for 7 years. It impacts different credit scores differently as well. For example, if you are looking at your FICO score, then the age of the bad debt or collections account will have less impact the older it is, compared to other credit scores who do not take that into account. Bankruptcies can vary as well, where Chapter 10 remains for 7 years, Chapter 7 will remain on your credit report for 10 years.

Checking my own credit report will hurt my credit score

Checking your own credit score will not impact it in anyway positively or negatively. There is a difference between doing a soft credit check, which is what utility companies, landlords, or cell phone companies may do to see if you qualify for perks such as not having to pay a downpayment, and other types of credit checks that lenders usually do, which are called hard credit inquiries. Hard credit inquiries will typically reduce your score by a slight amount, but only temporarily until you start paying your loan.
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David H.•  January 27, 2016
I owned a small business. Is my business credit scores the same as my personal consumer credit scores? How would my business records affect my consumer credit scores?
Credit Sesame•  October 19, 2016
Hi David, Your business credit score is not related to your actual personal credit score. They are completely separate with different variables that get measured to determine your credit worthiness. For example, personal credit scores usually range from 300 to 850, while business credit scores range from 0 to 100.
Jenny•  January 27, 2016
How would checking my credit scores affect my actual scores? I just get a job and am looking for apartment now. Leasing officers always check my credit and references. How would apartment renting affect my credit scores?
Eduardo•  October 20, 2016
Hi Jenny, Doing a soft credit check, such as just pulling your credit score with Credit Sesame, does not impact your credit score. On the other hand, if you are doing a hard credit inquiry, such as applying for a loan, that can slightly reduce your score. Renting an apartment for some credit bureaus would have an effect on your score, while others would not considerate it.
Amanda•  January 27, 2016
I had an incident in the college. The treatment was not covered by insurance and I accrued medical bills over two years. How do medical bills affect my credit scores? Should I pay off my student loan or medical bill first? I am too afraid to check my credit scores at all.
Charity Morris•  January 10, 2018
I know it's late but I hope you focused more on paying student loans rather than medical bills. That would have definitely been best choice.
Jose Rivera•  January 27, 2016
Is checking my credit score online safe? How would checking credit score on creditsesame affect my credit scores?
Credit Sesame•  October 21, 2016
Hi Jose, At Credit Sesame you can check your free credit score with no credit card required. We run soft credit checks to provide your score and these soft checks do not impact your credit score at all.
James•  October 21, 2016
Exactly, on top of that, even when you have a hard credit inquiry when you are applying for a loan it only goes down temporarily until you start paying it off. I had the same issue when I applied for a car loan, it went down slightly, then rebounded quickly back up once I started paying it off on time.
Hank T.•  January 27, 2016
Why is my credit scores vary so much in different places? The score from my credit line application. Which site is the official site to check my credit score? Is a 90 points differences normal? It is the credit score truly total free credit score? Why this so complicated. how can average people like me understand my credit scores?
Lucas•  January 27, 2016
I have seen a lot of different credit score ranges. Some has a 850 perfect score. others max out over 900. which one is correct? What is a excellent credit score range? If your credit score is one point under the good credit score range, are you a definitely a fair credit? How would that impact my loans? thanks in advance
Taralyn Rose•  March 17, 2016
LUCAS- Each credit bureau has a different range of points so you have to know what that credit bureaus range is before saying 700 is good. For our credit union, anything over 750 with Experian is considered Excellent (850 being the max score) and you will get the best loan rates. If you are one point under 750, you would get the next tier's rate which would affect your payment slightly, but not by much.
William•  January 27, 2016
Is it common to run a credit score check for apartment rental and job application? Is it legal. can those websites provide the same free credit check as the leasing office check? where can I get a free credit check. totally free. no credit card or trial. thanks for help
Henri Tapper•  February 1, 2016
You can do a credit check total on your scores from all bureaus to see if they all match first. 1. They are different because when you check credit you are looking at different score providers. 2. There is no best credit score website to check, all of them provide the same score as long as it is the same provider. 3. I'm assuming you are asking if check all credit score is completely free? No, not for all providers, make sure to check that they say that they offer free checks - usually the major ones will provide a free report once a year. 4. Understanding your credit score is easy with companies like Credit Sesame, since they do a good job at breaking everything down.
Charlie Templeton•  February 1, 2016
The best way to check your credit score is by pulling it from different issuers or bureaus who offer credit reports to see what score you are currently at with all of them. Your credit history check will give you a few numbers form each one, and they are in now way the same. You can easily off by 10 or 20 points in one compared to the other, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing, just a different credit scale. As much as people like to say it, the best credit score does not exist, they are all based on different factors, but are generally around the same range at the end - average, good, excellent...etc. Excellent is usually 700 or above, but again depends on where you are checking your credit score. It is a range, so yes it is precise. You loans will be based on that range.
Lois C.•  February 3, 2016
Hi Credit Sesame, Is there a way to check credit card scores and which score is required for each credit card? I want to generally know the range before I apply to make sure that I don't get rejected. Also, when the scores are given, how do I know what rating scale is being used? For example, 640 - 740, is that based on VantageScore? Experian?
Keisha Carpentier•  March 18, 2016
I have been trying to sign up, but I keep getting a message hat my SSN may be associated with another email address. I've everyone that I own, what should do from here?
Brittany•  May 28, 2016
It wont let me log in says my ssn is already used how do i get to log in and see my credit scores?
Louis pisano•  February 22, 2017
I find Credit Sesame very helpful
Alice Bessette•  October 23, 2017
I just want to check my credit score's .
Melody J Moreno•  November 7, 2017
What exactly is my credit score now? Thank you, Melody
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