Your credit score reflects your creditworthiness, or how likely you are to pay back your debts on time. The higher your score, the better your estimated creditworthiness.
Your credit score might be checked when you apply for:
- A new credit card or loan
- An apartment
- Auto or home insurance
- A new job
- A new cell phone or utilities account
Credit scores are calculated by credit bureaus (like TransUnion) according to specific scoring models (like CreditVision). Because each bureau has its own credit file for you, and each scoring model weighs your credit details differently, your score can vary from bureau to bureau and model to model.