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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Naming the Styles

The simple grid arrangement used by most Style Card systems is not immediately intuitive, and most people take a while to grasp the ideas behind it. To help in this learning process, different areas of the grid are given descriptive names, and sometimes also coloured as a key to the style that they are associated with.

Style Card Colours The diagram on the left shows one possible way of dividing the grid more meaningfully. This is only one of many different approaches, but it gives a broad indication of how the Style Card concept can be more easily communicated. Each of the coloured areas on this grid relates to a different style. Notice that most of the coloured areas contain more than one grid square, because a number of related styles have been grouped together under one general heading. This gives only nine basic types to consider, instead of an unwieldy twenty-five.

Each of these sections is given a name deriving from the basic type of behaviour it describes. Naming conventions vary widely according to particular implementations of the Style Card idea, but those given here are fairly typical of the naming styles used by different systems.

The most important areas on the grid are the large sections at the four corners. Each of these contains four smaller squares, and relate to four basic types. They also, incidentally, relate directly to the four DISC factors, as we shall see later.

Driver: the top-left area, shown in red, describes behaviour containing both Assertiveness and Control. This section relates to the DISC factor of Dominance, and describes a direct, demanding type of person who is highly motivated to succeed and somewhat competitive in their dealings with others.
Communicator: to the top-right, the yellow area covers a combination of Assertiveness and Openness (relating to Influence in DISC terms). This type of person is communicative and sociable, being friendly and outgoing with other people and feeling at ease in strange company.
Planner: the bottom-right section of the grid, shown in green, describes a steady, amiable type of person and relates to the DISC factor of Steadiness. People of this kind are patient and persistent, dislike change, and like to take time to plan carefully before acting (hence the name of the style).
Analyst: the final area lies to the bottom-left of the grid and relates to the DISC factor of Compliance. It is coloured blue in the illustration above. Analysts, as people of this type are known, combine Control and Receptiveness, and are structured, organised individuals who tend to follow the rules whenever they can. They are interested in precision and order.

Between these four main sections of the grid, you will notice four intermediate areas, coloured orange, lime, turquoise and purple. These represent styles that combine elements of two of the main styles described above.

Assertive: the orange section lies between the red Driver type and the yellow Communicator type. Individuals lying in this area share the assertive element of both these types. In terms of openness and control, however, they lie between the two extremes, sometimes being friendly and open, while at other times being capable of more controlled behaviour.
Open: On the right-hand side of the grid, between the yellow Communicator and the green Planner, lies a lime-coloured section. Individuals that fall into this part of the grid are primarily open in style, defining themselves in social terms. They may be Assertive or Receptive in approach, however, depending on circumstances.
Receptive: to the bottom of the grid, between the Planner and the Analyst, lies a blue-green area dedicated to Receptive styles. These people are retiring and unobtrusive, and are reluctant to act unilaterally. They may be amiable in approach, or simply reserved and unresponsive, depending on their particular circumstances.
Controlled: the final intermediate area is the purple group to the left of the grid, between Analyst and Driver. As the name suggests, individuals of this type will be controlled and reluctant to provide information about themselves or their ideas. They may be Assertive or Receptive in approach, however, depending on the situation.
Balanced: the final element of the grid is the central square, shown white in the diagram. A balanced (sometimes called a 'neutral') style simply cannot be defined under this system. Their behaviour is likely to incorporate elements of all the main styles from time to time. The Balanced style is equivalent to a DISC 'Compressed Profile'.

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