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How do each credit bureau calculate FICO scores? Are there different Vantage scores for each Bureau?

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How do each credit bureau calculate FICO scores? Are there different Vantage scores for each Bureau?

http://www.myfico.com/CreditEducation/WhatsInYourScore.aspx is this for Equifax, TransUnion, and/or Experian? Are they all calculated the same way and people saying they aren't because they have different scores, not knowing it is because not all companies report inquires to every bureau?

 

Are the vantage scores the same? Where can you get the Vantage scores from each bureau?

 

Thanks.

 

Edit: What are the ranges for them? I read that one of the Bureaus' highest score is 830, is that true?



Starting Score: 03/17/2013 665 EQ 01/09/2013 EX 724 TU 739?
Current Score: 03/27/2013 682 EQ 01
Goal Score: 850 all three FICO scores, 900 Vantage score, max insurance scores, etc.


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Re: How do each credit bureau calculate FICO scores? Are there different Vantage scores for each Bur


UKTone wrote:

http://www.myfico.com/CreditEducation/WhatsInYourScore.aspx is this for Equifax, TransUnion, and/or Experian? Are they all calculated the same way and people saying they aren't because they have different scores, not knowing it is because not all companies report inquires to every bureau?

 

Are the vantage scores the same? Where can you get the Vantage scores from each bureau?

 

Thanks.

 

Edit: What are the ranges for them? I read that one of the Bureaus' highest score is 830, is that true?


The link is for general info on FICO scoring and applies to all 3. The formula differs across all 3 CRAs but are very, very similar. Each tend to weigh items more than the other versions. 

 

No two CRs are alike. So if a poster says that their TU and EQ FICOs differ it can easily be due to having one baddie on one but not the other. While CCs update at the same time to all 3, not all 3 CRs will update exactly the same on the same day so that can account for differences in util. As you mentioned, most creditors don't pull all 3 reports. Also not every creditor reports to all 3 and that can account for a significant score difference. Also closed accounts sometimes drop early and that can account for changes to lengtho fohistory and/or AAoA. There are many other examples too.

 

I can't speak to Vantage. I assume the score is the same across all 3, unlike FICO. You can get Vantage from TU and EX. EQ doesn't offer it and I am not sure if TU and/or EX offer a 3-in-1 using Vantage.

 

The FICO ranges aren't published but they aren't exactly 300-850. If you look in here for ranges sometimes you'll see posters post what their creditor told them.

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Re: How do each credit bureau calculate FICO scores? Are there different Vantage scores for each Bur

Wow this is a very thorough response. Thank you. Kinda surprising that Equifax doesn't offer their vantage, but at least it makes up for Experian not offering their FICO scores. Thanks again.



Starting Score: 03/17/2013 665 EQ 01/09/2013 EX 724 TU 739?
Current Score: 03/27/2013 682 EQ 01
Goal Score: 850 all three FICO scores, 900 Vantage score, max insurance scores, etc.


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Re: How do each credit bureau calculate FICO scores? Are there different Vantage scores for each Bur


UKTone wrote:

http://www.myfico.com/CreditEducation/WhatsInYourScore.aspx is this for Equifax, TransUnion, and/or Experian? Are they all calculated the same way and people saying they aren't because they have different scores, not knowing it is because not all companies report inquires to every bureau?

 

Are the vantage scores the same? Where can you get the Vantage scores from each bureau?

 

Thanks.

 

Edit: What are the ranges for them? I read that one of the Bureaus' highest score is 830, is that true?


Here is an article you may also find of interest:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FICO_score#FICO_score

 

EX = 849 EQ = 850 TU = 850 as of 07/2017
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Re: How do each credit bureau calculate FICO scores? Are there different Vantage scores for each Bur

Yes, thank you. I have went to that page before, but it's been some time and I don't remember reading past the FICO score part.



Starting Score: 03/17/2013 665 EQ 01/09/2013 EX 724 TU 739?
Current Score: 03/27/2013 682 EQ 01
Goal Score: 850 all three FICO scores, 900 Vantage score, max insurance scores, etc.


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