Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey
Now, do this
Go to the VIA website.
Follow the instructions to open a free account.
Select the survey for youth.
If you’re 18 and have significant work experience, you can take the adult survey. Otherwise, do the youth survey.
Take the VIA Survey.
Read each question, decide how much it is like you, and mark the correct radio button. There are no right or wrong answers. To get the best, most useful results, be honest and don’t overthink your answers.
Complete the survey.
After the last page of survey questions, you can answer a few more optional questions. You can skip that part if you want, but be sure to click Complete Survey at the bottom of the page to save and see your results.
Download and print your strengths.
On Your Character Strengths Profile page, be sure to download the Free Character Strengths Profile, and then save your profile. You’ll be referring to these often.
We recommend that you print and post these where you can see them regularly.
(Also, VIA should send you a link in email, but it can take a while to show up.)
It’s optional, but we recommend you buy the Youth Decoder report for $10.
According to VIA:
The Youth Decoder Report is a fun, engaging way to learn more about your best qualities! It provides detailed descriptions, activities and tips for your top strengths, as well as additional information on your middle and lesser strengths. This report will help you recognize and exert your strengths in different ways, to move you closer to being the happiest, best “you” possible.
(If you took the adult survey you’ll have similar options.)