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Identifying the missing credit score category


After reviewing basic facts about the lending process and credit scores, students play a game to reinforce their understanding of what goes into a credit score.

Big idea

When lenders determine eligibility for a loan, they consider many factors, including a person’s credit history and credit score.

Essential questions

  • How can understanding credit scores and credit history help improve your likelihood to get approved for a loan?
  • How are the financial decisions people make represented in their credit history?


  • Understand what a credit score is and how lenders use it when they determine eligibility for a loan
  • Become familiar with the factors used to calculate credit scores

What students will do

  • Read a handout about credit scores to understand how credit scores may influence lending decisions.
  • Play “The case of the missing credit score category” game.

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Teacher guide

Identifying the missing credit score category (guide)

Student materials

Identifying the missing credit score category (worksheet)

All about credit scores (handout)

Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.

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