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DISC: A Layman's Guide
What is DISC?
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Personality Types
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Validity and Reliability of DISC
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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 $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 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.

DISCdots are a unique feature of Discus: a simple pattern of dots on a report cover sheet that sums up the key features of the results described in that report.

When you're working with DISC reports, especially if you're presenting them to others, it's sometimes helpful to have some foreknowledge of their contents. That's the purpose of the DISCdots, an unobtrusive pattern of black and white dots printed on the cover sheet of every Discus DISC report.

When you print a Discus report, as long as you choose to include a cover sheet, you'll see a small pattern of dots near the lower right-hand corner. These are the 'DISCdots', a combination of symbols that, to the trained eye, communicate all the essentials of the profile. The dots are divided into three distinct sections.

The fundamental elements of a set of DISCdots

The pattern of six dots on the left combine to represent the most basic facts about a profile. For example, if the profile is compressed, or there is a significant difference between the Internal and External profile, these six dots will show different patterns to represent these different conditions. There are five possible patterns:

A DISCdot combination representing an invalid profile series Invalid profiles are those where the Internal and External Profiles show radical differences, to the extent that each profile is the inverse of the other.
A DISCdot combination representing a divergent profile series Divergent profiles are similar to Invalid profiles, in that there is a significant difference between the Internal and External profiles, but those differences are not so great as to make the profile series technically invalid.
A DISCdot combination representing one or more extended profiles Extended profiles are those that show at least one factor extremely high or low.
A DISCdot combination representing one or more compressed profiles Compressed profiles are those where all four factors lie close to the central line of the graph. Discus will show the 'Compressed' symbol if this applies to any of the profiles in a series.
A DISCdot combination representing a 'clear' profile series Finally, profiles that don't fall into any of the categories listed above are identified as Clear. Clear profiles tend to form the majority.

The four dots on the right each correspond to one of the four DISC factors in the Summary Profile. These are laid out in the same order as they appear on a Style Card or Contact Profile, for ease of reference.

How the DISCdots relate the four DISC factors
Black, grey and white dots relate to high, medium and low factors

Each of the four dots can be one of three colors: black (representing a high factor), grey (a medium factor, close to the centre line) or white (a low factor). So, the example above represents a profile with high Steadiness, and low Influence and Compliance.

Finally, the small triangle or arrow symbol indicates the type of questionnaire used:

Possible sources of a DISC profile

This symbol appears beneath the four dots representing the Summary DISC factors. Its orientation and position relate to the type of questionnaire used to create the profile, Phrase-based, Adjective-based, Remote or Direct Entry. The 'Direct Entry' symbol is also used for profiles imported from other sources.

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