Common questions about Discus and DISC
What does Discus profiling cost?
How do I get started with Discus?
Can I send questionnaires to my candidates online?
Can a person completing a questionnaire read their own report?
Do I have access to all my profile reports?
How can I recover a lost or forgotten Discus password?
Is training available?
I received a test invitation, but I'm not able to use it.
I completed an invited questionnaire, but I didn't receive a copy of my report.
Can I try Discus for free?
What does Discus profiling cost?

Discus profiles start at just $38 each, with discounts available for more substantial purchases.

For new accounts, we offer a whole range of useful extras. Find out more on our pricing page.

How do I get started with Discus?

Getting started with Discus is easy. You'll just need to take a few minutes to sign up for an account, and then you'll be ready to start creating profiles right away.

Can I send questionnaires to my candidates online?

Discus provides an entire suite of features to make this process easy and automatic. At the simplest level, you can simply enter a person's e-mail address, and Discus will send them an invitation and then display and manage the questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is complete, a report will immediately be compiled and added to your accounts.

Discus also provides lots of options for your to customise this process to meet your exact requirements. For example, you can arrange to be automatically notified and sent a copy of the report as soon as it is available.

Can a person completing a questionnaire read their own report?

This is a decision you can make as you set up an invitation. There's no requirement to share the report, but you have the option of doing so if you wish.

Discus can also provide an intermediate solution through the 'Feedback' report, which is an alternative version of the report specifically designed for this purpose, providing a readable and accessible summary of the results.

Do I have access to all my profile reports?

Every DISC profile produced on your account is held in your own secure Discus database. You can access, review and manage those reports at any time. Discus even provides extra features to assess the results in combination, such as comparing candidates against the needs of a role, or assessing how individuals would work together in a team.

How can I recover a lost or forgotten Discus password?

It's easy to reset your Discus access details. You can start the process from the Discus sign-in page, or by following the link below. Discus will handle resetting your access through your registered e-mail address.

Is training available?

We offer a comprehensive online video training course introducing the DISC system and its workings. The course is free if you sign up for an account with fifty credits or more.

Discus itself offers an interactive guide to get your started, and extensive help resources throughout the system.

I received a test invitation, but I'm not able to use it.

There can be various reasons for this. The invitation code might already have been used, or it might simply have expired, or been cancelled by the user who originally set up the invitation.

Your best course of action in a situation like this is to get in touch with your invitation provider and ask them to set up another invitation for you.

I completed an invited questionnaire, but I didn't receive a copy of my report.

When a Discus user sends out an invitation, they can choose whether to give you access to your report or not, so it may simply be that this option isn't active.

If you think you should have received a report, your best course of action is to contact the person who sent you your invitation; they will have the option of sending you a copy.

Can I try Discus for free?

Sorry, we aren't able to offer free trial profiles, but if you want to try the service, remember that you can set up a Discus account with just a single credit.

If you want to see what Discus can produce, take a look at our extensive library of sample reports.

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How The DISC Test Works

Building a picture of a personality

DISC works by measuring four fundamental factors in a person's behaviour, and using those four factors to describe their personality by developing a 'DISC profile'.

How do we go about creating a profile of a personality? We start, naturally enough, with a questionnaire: a set of questions structured to focus on certain key elements. For DISC, these questionnaires typically consist of a series of just twenty-four questions, and each question is made up from four different options (which can be simple adjectives or descriptive phrases).

The person answering the questions chooses two of these options, one that best represents their behaviour, and one that's least relevant to their general approach. Once we have those answers, they can be rated and calculated to produce a set of results. With an automated DISC system, of course, this is all done automatically.

An obvious question here might be: can we measure an entire personality with just four factors like this? In fact, we can't, but what DISC can do is focus on a series of key traits that directly affect a person's behaviour and performance. There will always be other factors to consider - notably things like experience and knowledge - but DISC focuses on more fundamental questions about the ways a person will naturally react in different situations.

You can get a feel for the way DISC works by considering a diagram we call a Style Card, which relates to a person's Assertiveness and Openness. Here are a couple of examples that give a broad overview of two quite different personality styles:

Style Card showing a combination of Assertiveness and Control

This example shows a highly Assertive person, but generally less Open to others. A person like this tends to be determined and demanding in style.

Style Card showing high levels of Openness

This is far more Open person, sociable and accepting in their general approach, tending to be less direct or forceful, but working more effectively as part of a group.

From basic information like this, gleaned from a DISC questionnaire, we can put together a graph showing the relative Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance that drive a person's approach to their life and work. In fact we can go further and build a series of graphs that look at different motivations in different situations.

If you're interested in finding out more about the technicalities behind DISC, we provide comprehensive reference material that covers all of this in detail, and we even offer an interactive online Training Course that explains DISC from first principles.

Bear in mind that you don't actually need to understand the theoretical principles behind DISC to use it. The profiling system takes care of the interpretation for you, with an advanced expert system that produces a personality report in plain language.

Understanding DISC

Explore DISC in depth - history, principles, theory and practice - with the ultimate online guide. Understanding DISC gives you a comprehensive reference source for the DISC personality assessment system. Here, you'll find plenty of background about the theory, as well as practical features such as interpretations for common profiles.

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  • Reporting power: This explanation of the workings of DISC gives you a useful grounding in the way things work, but it's not essential to using a DISC profiler. Our DISC reports are created in plain language, so they're just as readable whether you're a layman or a DISC expert.
  • D: Dominance: The factor of drive, determination and self-reliance, relating to independent, self-motivated types of people.
  • I: Influence: The factor of sociability, friendliness and enthusiasm, relating to outgoing, expressive types of people.
  • S: Steadiness: The factor of patience, persistence and stability, relating to reliable and thoughtful types of people.
  • C: Compliance: The factor of structure, accuracy and precision, relating to analytical and organised types of people.
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