How to check your credit score online

Lenders look at your credit score when they decide whether to give you a loan, mortgage or credit card. Every time you apply for credit or a loan, that request is recorded. It’s a good idea to check your credit score to ensure it’s up to date and reflects your credit track record accurately.
 
NB: Experian CreditExpert offers a free 30 day trial and shows you what a lender sees. Make sure you close the account before the 30 days are up if you do not wish to pay to continue. 
 
You’ll need:
 
  • A computer with an internet connection
  • Contact details and debit/credit card details.
Follow these steps to check your credit score online 
 
Step 1: Go the CreditExpert website (www.creditexpert.co.uk) and click Get your FREE Experian Credit Report & Score.
 
Credit Expert website home page
 
Step 2: Fill in the yellow boxes with your personal details and contact details, and click the blue Continue button at the bottom of the screen.
 
Completing personal details on the Credit Expert website
 
Step 3: A new page will open with more details to fill out – your current address, a username and password, and your debit/credit card details. Underneath these details there is a Terms and Conditions box. Click on the small white box to confirm that you accept the Terms and Conditions, and click the blue Continue button at the bottom of the screen.
 
Adding an address to Credit Expert
 
Step 4: A new page will open asking you to confirm your current address details. Click on the blue Confirm button if the details are correct, or Edit if you need to go back to the previous page and make any changes.
 
Continuing to add personal information to Credit Expert website
 
Step 5: On the next page, select the bank your current account and your credit card is with using the drop down menus next to each question and click on the blue Continue button.
 
You're almost there message on Credit Expert website
 
Step 6: You will be taken to a ‘Thank you!’ page which will remind you of the details you have submitted. Click on Continue to your Member Centre
 
Confirmation of joining Credit Expert
 
Step 7: A new ‘Welcome’ page will open explaining that you will be sent a PIN (your own unique reference number) in the post within five working days, which you will need before you can access your credit score.
 
Welcome message from Credit Expert
 
Step 8: Once you have received your PIN, go back to the CreditExpert website and click on the blue Member login button.
 
Login screen
 
Step 9: A new page will open asking for your login details. Fill out your username and password, and then click on the blue Next button.
 
Login box on Credit Expert
 
Step 10: On the next page, as an additional security measure, you will be asked for specific letters of a memorable word that you chose when registering. Enter them into the white boxes and click the blue Log in button.
 
Memorable word screen on Credit Expert
 
Step 11: A new page will open asking for your PIN. Enter it into the yellow box and then click GO.
 
Logging back into Credit Expert
 
Step 12: A new page will open with an overview of your credit status. Click on View your full credit report to get a full breakdown of your credit status.
 
Credit Score display on Credit Expert
 
 
Further resources
 
Check out these free credit check websites that don't require a sign up after a thirty day free trial. 
 
 
Jo Munday is an experienced writer of online guides.