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  Credit Card Basics   Chapter 2: Credit reports, credit scores and you
Here's how to order and read your credit reports and how your credit score is affected by the reports.
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Credit reports and scores: Introduction


Obtaining your credit report and credit score before you apply for a credit card could get you a better interest rate.

This chapter is all about credit reports and credit scores. It may sound boring and you may be inclined to skip it, but following the steps outlined here could save you some money. We'll show you how to get your credit report for free annually, how to interpret the report, how to correct mistakes that you might find, and what your credit score is and how you can improve it.

What you can expect to learn from this chapter:
Checking your credit reports
  Thanks to a new federal law, everyone is entitled to a free credit report each year. Here's how to get yours.
How to read a credit report
  There are an awful lot of numbers and names on a credit report. This step-by-step guide to reading the report will help you through it.
Fixing mistakes on your credit report
  Correcting your credit report isn't difficult to do; you just have to know what steps to take.
What is a credit score?
  We define it and show you how the it's calculated. Plus, we've got a calculator to help you estimate yours.
Chapter 2 quiz
  Did you learn the importance of credit reports and scores? Find out with this test.
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