DiSC® measures your personality and behavioral style. It does not measure intelligence, aptitude, mental health or values. DiSC profiles describe human behavior in various situations. People often wonder just what the DiSC questionnaire or survey looks like. You can see examples below.
Everything DiSC tests
This online questionnaire takes only about 15 to 20 minutes to complete and includes approximately 80 items. It uses a rating scale (strongly disagree to strongly agree) people are responding to a phrase instead of a single word. Everything DiSC Workplace and all other Everything DiSC profiles use this form of survey.
The scoring on eight scales is done electronically.
Reading skill level
There is no time limit for completing the questionnaire, making it possible for people requiring more time to complete the assessment without need of any special adaption or modification.
Flesch Reading Ease score: 74.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.7
Computerized adaptive testing
This form of testing responds to the test taker and the questions presented are adapted according to how previous questions were answered. Some people will get a few more questions, or different questions, depending on how they answered earlier ones. Wiley has found that it is 32% more accurate than DiSC Classic forced-choice test.
What are styles?
“A style is a set of typical response patterns that are expected from a person. However, that doesn’t mean that a person can only exhibit that pattern. For instance, an individual who has been assessed and located in the D quadrant will demonstrate more dominant behaviors and preferences than the average person, but will also, from time to time, show behaviors and preferences that are associated with the other three quadrants.”
Source: The Everything DiSC Manual
See also: What does DiSC® measure?
DiSC Classic tests
This is an example of one of the questions people are asked to answer. You’ll see 28 boxes containing four words each. In each box, you’re asked to choose one that is most like you and one that is least like you (forced-choice). Consequently, you’ll review a total of 112 words.
Scoring on four scales is done electronically or by hand, depending on the version of DiSC Classic taken. Many assessments based on the DISC theory use forced-choice testing even though it is not as accurate as computer adaptive testing.
If you’re not sure which assessment you want to use with your self, your staff or your clients, see Which DiSC® to Use? or 10 Reasons to use Everything DiSC instead of DiSC Classic.
Other versions of DISC
If you’re using another version of a DISC assessment, you’re likely to see fewer questions and results that have not been as rigorously researched and tested. See Which DiSC is DiSC? Different DISC tests explained and DiSC® Research, Reliability and Validity Studies.
The DiSC profile reports
If you’re curious about what the final reports look like, see sample DiSC reports on discprofile.com. These include Workplace, Productive Conflict, Work of Leaders, Management, Sales, 363 for Leaders, and Classic 2.0.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team