First, let’s deal with terminology
The DISC is commonly called the DISC Test. The word ‘test’ is a misnomer. ‘Test’ implies that there is a ‘fail’ or ‘pass’ result which is definitely not the case. There are no right or wrong results.
DISC Profiling is a more accurate name but, for the sake of everyday language, and because it is such a widely used name, we decided to call this system the DISC TEST!
The DISC Test is an essential tool in the search for organisational and personal success. Administered more than 100 million times, the DISC Test allows individuals to identify and maximise their talents, and it allows organisations to select and develop the right people for every role.
Originally developed in the 1920s by psychologist and educational consultant William Marston, DISC testing has since been refined and validated by many eminent psychologists, social scientists and HR professionals. Today it is considered to be the preeminent workplace assessment tool.
The DISC Test Personality Traits
Some people believe that using the DISC Model to describe personality is an over-simplification. Before coming to such a conclusion please consider this…
“There are only three primary colours and yet they allow us to produce every single colour, tone and hue in the world”.
Dominant personalities are able to assert themselves, control situations and deal with problems when they arise.
High scorers are usually direct, decisive and driven individuals. Confident and positive, they enjoy being the centre of attention and may even take it for granted that others think highly of them.
Very high scorers may be seen as ‘over-the-top’ and lacking in empathy.
Influential personalities excel at dealing with other people. They relate to others easily and communicate effectively.
High scorers tend to be hugely social individuals. They’re enthusiastic, optimistic, outgoing and inspiring. They are never happier than when they’re at the heart of a team.
Some people may see very high scorers as ‘too full on’ and too ‘in your face’.
Steady personalities are patient, persistent, reliable and thoughtful. They are motivated by stability, security and harmony.
High scorers are even-tempered and loyal. They can be relied upon to complete the task in hand and to carry out routine work with patience and care.
Very high scorers may be seen as ‘too good to be true!’
Conscientiousness / Compliance ↑
High Scorers on Compliance are accurate, precise and highly structured in their approach to their tasks, procedures and responsibilities.
They are known as ‘compliant’ personalities as they have a preference to comply with rules and regulations.
Some people may refer to those with high scores for Compliance as being a bit ‘stick in the mud’.
The questionnaire consists of 28 sets of four multiple choice statements that take around 10-15 minutes to complete. It is called a self-reporting questionnaire.
To see the complete questionnaire please try our free taster test.
The report provides scores and descriptions for the four DISC traits and places the test-taker into a specific ‘Pattern’ or Classification.
At DISC Test, we also ensure that the insights contained in the report are:
– clear and user-friendly
– related in easily understood, everyday language
– designed specifically to improve understanding and communication of self and others.
This particular DISC Test was created in response to high levels of demand from recruiters, HR professionals, counsellors and coaches, who wanted a succinct report that could be interpreted without the need for training or accreditation.
We promise that the results of our test are as accurate as any other DISC Personality Test.
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The DISC Test Challenge
Are you already using a different DISC test provider? If so, we invite you to take the DISC Test Challenge, 100% free of charge. All it entails is comparing our DISC Test with the one you’re currently using, and checking to see which is more accurate and cost-effective. We’re pretty sure you’ll be glad you gave us a shot. Email us and let us know what tests you’re currently using, as well as your average monthly usage, and we’ll take care of the rest.
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If you have received training to use the DISC Model of Personality you will find our DISC system very valuable and accurate. Please contact us for more information regarding our system and fees.
Personality Tests are not a Substitute
Personality tests are not a substitute for personal judgement or responsibility! They should only be used in conjunction with conventional selection and interviewing techniques.