Q&A: How do I get a 900 credit score?

Updated on April 19, 2024

Question: How do I get a 900 credit score?

Answer: Aiming for a high credit score is always a great goal to have. However, it’s crucial to understand that in the U.S., the most commonly used credit score ranges are from 300 to 850. So, achieving a 900 credit score on these scales isn’t possible. If you’re thinking of a 900 score, it might be related to a different scoring model or system used outside the U.S.

Now, if you’re aiming for a perfect or near-perfect score on the 300-850 scale, there are several steps to consider. First and foremost, always ensure you pay your bills on time. Your payment history plays a significant role in determining your score. Another key factor is your credit utilization, which is the ratio of your credit card balances to your credit limits. Keeping this ratio low, preferably below 30%, can positively impact your score.

The length of your credit history, which considers the age of your oldest account, your newest account, and the average age of all your accounts, also matters. It’s beneficial to have a mix of credit types, such as credit cards, retail accounts, installment loans, and mortgages. Additionally, limiting the number of hard inquiries on your credit report is essential, as each application for credit can result in a small, temporary drop in your score.

Lastly, regularly checking your credit report for errors and discrepancies can help ensure that your score accurately reflects your credit behavior. Building or rebuilding credit is a long-term process, and it’s essential to focus on consistent, responsible credit behavior over time. Remember, while aiming for a high credit score is commendable, it’s also crucial to focus on overall financial health. Your credit score is just one aspect of your broader financial picture.

Stilt, Inc. and its affiliates do not provide financial, tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own financial, tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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Frank Gogol

I’m a firm believer that information is the key to financial freedom. On the Stilt Blog, I write about the complex topics — like finance, immigration, and technology — to help immigrants make the most of their lives in the U.S. Our content and brand have been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and more.

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