Common questions about Discus and DISC
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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.
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What does Discus profiling cost?

Discus profiles start at just $35 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 customize 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 canceled 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.

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Twelve Standard Sub-traits

The four factors of a DISC analysis provide a useful way of summarising a profile. For a full interpretation of a profile shape, DISC provides a useful technique for quickly extracting even more sophisticated information from a graph. This technique is known as 'sub-trait analysis'.

'Sub-traits' describe the relationships between different pairs of factors within a single profile graph. Because there are twelve possible pairs of DISC factors (D and I, D and S, D and C, and so on), there are twelve corresponding sub-traits. Each of these pairs of factors is given a meaningful name to help relate it to some particular style of behavior.

D/I Style

As an example, take the sub-trait 'Efficiency', which describes the relationship between Dominance and Influence. Sub-traits are typically described in shorthand with a slash ('/') sign, so 'D/I' (pronounced 'D over I') describes the sub-trait of Efficiency. In this guide, we have represented this relationship graphically, as shown in the example on the left.

Example DISC graph showing Efficiency

To measure the amount of a sub-trait in a particular profile, look at the relationship between the two factors it describes. In the example shown on the left, Dominance is very high, while Influence is low. This means that this profile contains high levels of Efficiency (we say 'D is over I'). If the opposite were the case (high Influence and low Dominance, or 'I over D') Efficiency would be very low in the profile. In this case, the profile would describe a 'Friendly' individual (see descriptions below).

As we said, there are twelve possible combinations of factors in a DISC graph, each with its own attendant sub-trait. Click the name of any of the sub-traits in the list below for a description of the type of behavior to which it relates. Remember that any given profile can contain more than one sub-trait - as well as Efficiency, for example, the illustrated profile above also contains 'Self-motivation' (D/S) and 'Independence' (D/C).

Sub-traits with high Dominance

 • D/IEfficiency
 • D/SSelf-motivation
 • D/CIndependence

Sub-traits with high Influence

 • I/DFriendliness
 • I/SEnthusiasm
 • I/CSelf-confidence

Sub-traits with high Steadiness

 • S/DPatience
 • S/IThoughtfulness
 • S/CPersistence

Sub-traits with high Compliance

 • C/DCo-operativeness
 • C/IAccuracy
 • C/SSensitivity

Factor Combinations

True sub-traits derive from inverted relationships between factors (a sub-trait is at its strongest where one of its factors is high, and the other low), but we can also consider mutual pairs of factors. Factor combinations like this give us four further traits from a profile; traits that are at their highest when both their component factors are high, and at their lowest where both components are low.

For example, consider the factor pair of Influence and Steadiness. Both of these have social aspects to their style; High-I's are self-confident and outgoing, while High-S's tend to take a more accepting and patient approach to others. There are social aspects to both these factors, so when they are both strongly present in a profile, we can say that that profile is high in Sociability.

There are four combinations of factors that work like this:

 • D+IAssertiveness
 • D+CObjectivity
 • I+SSociability
 • S+CTechnical Potential

Given that there are four DISC factors, you might expect to see six pairs of factors in this list. In practice, the combinations D+S and I+C are omitted. These are theoretical opposites, and while their combinations do have characteristic behaviors associated with them, those patterns of behavior tend to be rather too complex to be easily condensed into a single word or phrase.

Combination traits like this tend to be most useful when they are distinctly high, or distinctly low in profile. Where one or more of these factor combinations is strongly represented in a profile, it can give useful summary information about the individual concerned, but with somewhat less precision than the profile's twelve true sub-traits.


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