Compare PDP’s ProScan to DiSC

Determine which assessment is right for your business’ people management needs.

 With so many behavioral assessments and personality tests on the market, it can be confusing to pick between them. They’re each uniquely constructed and the best one for you depends on your goals. If your organization is looking to guide hiring, engagement, conflict resolution, and leadership decisions with behavioral insights, consider these main differences between PDP Global and DiSC.
PDP
DiSC
Time to Complete SurveyBoth assessments are untimed and don’t have a limit, however these are the average completion times
5-10 Mins
15-20 Mins
Question Quantity
60
Roughly 80
Measures Energy StyleAn Energy Style is the method(s) by which one approaches tasks or accomplishes goals
Yes
No
Measures Response IntensityPDP utilizes a 5-point Likert Scale vs a Yes/No format
Yes
Yes
Confirmatory Factor AnalysisA CFA is the gold standard in statistical evaluation and involves highly rigorous research
3
0
Accuracy LevelRefers to how many respondents agree with their results
96%
90%
Administrators Must Be Certified
Yes
No
Tested for Zero Bias and Approved for Pre-Employment ScreeningVerifies that the assessment doesn’t discriminate against protected classes
Yes
No
Result CategoriesDoes the assessment categorize an individual into specified profiles, and how many profiles are available?
Unlimited
Yes
MotivatorsRewards or elements that increase satisfaction
Personalized Based on the Individual
Provided Based on Results
ReliabilityOften measured by Chronbach’s alpha, reliability refers to internal consistency and dependability
Very High (α=.94)
Moderate (α=.87)
Research Participant TypeMost studies are performed with undergrad college students, which can skew results
Working Adults
Unspecified
Predictive ValidityTested that the measured traits predict workplace outcomes
Yes
No
Time to Complete Survey

Both assessments are untimed and don’t have a limit, however these are the average completion times
5-10 MINUTES
15-20 MINUTES
Question Quantity

The number of questions the behavioral assessment includes for the survey-taker to answer.
60 ITEMS
ROUGHLY 80 ITEMS
Measures Energy Style

How an individual approaches tasks and accomplishes goals.
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Measures Energy Drain

The amount of energy consumed to adapt to stress and pressure.
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Measures Satisfaction Level

Is the person thriving with their perceived pressures or is it overwhelming?
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Measures Decision-Making Style

How much fact vs. intuition does an individual rely on to make a decision?
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Question Format

Likert scales gauge response intensity on a range from least to most, mitigating bias and enhancing data quality.
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LIKERT 5-POINT SCALE
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LIKERT QUESTION FORMAT
Confirmatory Factor Analysis

A CFA is the gold standard in statistical evaluation of assessments and involves highly rigorous research.
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Accuracy Level

Refers to how many respondents agree with their results.
98%
90%
Account User Certification Requirements

Education for the user role to ensure maximum results when administering, interpreting, and leveraging profile measurements
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Designed for the:Screening and Selection of Applicants

Verifies that the assessment doesn’t discriminate against protected classes.
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Results

Does the assessment categorize an individual intospecified profiles, and how many profiles are available?
140,000 VARIABLES & PERMUTATIONS
12 STANDARDIZED PROFILES
Motivation

Rewards or elements that increase satisfaction.
CUSTOMIZED TO THE INDIVIDUAL
STANDARDIZED LIST ONLY
Reliability

Often measured by Chronbach’s alpha, reliability refers to internal consistency and dependability.
VERY HIGH (α=.94)
MODERATE (α=.79-.90)
Research Participant Type

Most studies are performed with undergrad college students, which can skew and weaken results.
WORKING ADULTS
UNSPECIFIED
Predictive Validity

Tested that the measured traits predict workplace outcomes.
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Flags for Response Integrity

Does the system monitor whether the respondent is faking their way through the assessment questions?
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Designed for Business Use


X DiSC

Although businesses are using DiSC more often, DiSC is not approved for any part of the pre-hiring process. Behavioral assessments that are not tested for bias and discrimination can lead businesses into legal trouble. Plus, DiSC cannot be used to predict future job performance, so is better used for personal growth and awareness rather than an organized people management system.

PDP Global
PDP assessments are EEOC and ADA compliant, following standards set by the American Psychological Association and Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology. ProScan has specifically been tested and found free of bias against protected classes like race, gender, and age. Our studies also show that ProScan has predictive validity, meaning that business can reliably tie its results to job performance KPIs.

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Expertly Managed In-House

X DiSC
DiSC doesn’t require individuals to complete any training or certification before reading their results or administering assessments. Without verifying that someone knows how to properly implement a behavioral assessment, your business is at risk of introducing discrimination into its processes and misunderstanding the meaning behind results.

PDP Global
All administrators of the PDP suite of assessments must complete an online or in-person certification course beforehand. That way, people within your organization know how to practically apply and leverage PDP insights for immediate success in communication, leadership, and employee development. We give your business the structure it needs to manage PDP in-house without straining your internal resources.

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Transparent and Comprehensive

X DiSC
An individual needs to purchase the Everything DiSC Manual in order to dig into the research studies that support DiSC. No Exploratory or Confirmatory Factor Analysis studies are mentioned, which are necessary statistical evaluations to verify the effectiveness of an assessment. Also, an organization must purchase six different reports for insights about management, conflict, and leadership as opposed to everything combined into one report.

PDP Global
Our unparalleled research performed by independent third parties, including 11 Exploratory Factor Analyses and 3 Confirmatory Factor Analyses, is publicly available on our website for anyone to review. Over 39,000 working adults participated in our studies, and our phenomenal 98% accuracy score is the highest in the industry. Our reports include behavioral insights on leadership, communication, energy styles, and more to effectively manage teams, reduce conflict, and develop employees.

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