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Posted by NerdWallet on September 12, 2016 by Bev O’Shea
When you apply for a loan or a credit card, the lender checks your credit score. That can knock off a few points.
But the same is not true when you check your own credit.
When you — or a creditor looking to preapprove you for a loan or credit card — check your score, it’s considered a soft inquiry.
That’s different from applying for credit, which results in a hard inquiry. A hard inquiry might cost you up to five points according to FICO, the creator of the most widely used scoring formulas. With VantageScore, an increasingly popular credit scoring model, an inquiry could cost 10 to 20 points. So, if you apply for several credit cards close together, you might see a significant drop in your credit scores.