What does a 616 FICO score mean?

I have a 616 FICO score and I would like to know what that means exactly. I'm trying to repair my credit.

3 years ago - 6 answers

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This should help you to understand how credit scores work..

FICO scores from 300 to 850 and Vantage scores from 501 to 990.

Here is the breakdown for both systems.

Vantage Plus system scores from 501-990.

FICO system scores from 300-850.
Elite-740-& up
Sub-prime-624-& under

FICO is the only one that matters since it's the one that all major lenders look at.

So as you can see it depends on if your looking at a true FICO score or a Vantage plus score.

As far as what makes up credit scores it's the following;
1. Payment history (longer the better) 35%
2. Time in bureau (longer the better) 15%
3. Types of credit (mix of credit cards & installment loans) 10%
4. New credit (new accounts and inquiries) 10%
5. Debt to credit ratio (lower the better) 30%

And just so you will know Experian only uses Vantage, Equifax only uses FICO and Transunion uses both depending of which type of credit report is requested of which there are 3. The standard that people get from the Internet, the auto enhanced which only car dealers and lenders see and the factual which only mortgage people see. The last two are not available to the general public.

To have the very best score and profile people need 3-4 credit card accounts (revolving) with balances below 30% of their credit limits and 2 cars, homes, boats, motorcycles, computers, furniture or personal accounts (installment) all with good long payment history's.

Add to this that unless you get your scores either direct from either Equifax or your getting what's called a FAKO score which makes it even worse because they all have their own system to calculate scores.


3 years ago

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a 616 is ok but not good enough..
for exsample-- to buy a house you must be at a 630 min.

by Drgnette - 3 years ago

It's not bad, but it needs improvement. You want to get into the 700 range.
The easiest way to give your credit score a quick boost, is to pay your debts down as much as you can. Continue to pay bills on time. View my source and it will give you further insight into how you can repair your score (my source is from the education tab on the official FICO website) good luck!


by RJ - 3 years ago

It means you likely won't be approved for any credit. A mortgage typically requires 620. Car loans and credit cards will be harder to get also. If you can get a loan you will pay a higher interest rate. Some room for improvement then. Good luck!

by bloomorningglory - 3 years ago

FICO scores range from 300 to 850

Sub-prime = 624 and under
Standard = 625 to 659
Preffered = 660 to 699
Prime = 700 to 739
Elite = 740 and up

How to improve you scores,

1. Payment history 35%, the longer the better.
2. Length of credit 15%, the longer the better
3. Types of credit, mixed, installments, etc., 10%
4. New credit, the less the better 10%
5. Debt to available credit ratio. The lower the better 30%

Take care

by Infiniti - 3 years ago

It means you have credit that would be equal to getting a D on your term paper.

It isn't good. It won't qualify you for a mortgage, loan or any credit card.

Keep working on it.

by My Take on It - 3 years ago