The Via Survey

Take off and get to know

your character strengths!

Know Your Character Potential

Character test

You have many different types of strengths. These can be skills, talents, interests or resources; however these strengths do not reflect the "real" you— who you are at your core. Only by understanding your character strengths can you know how special and capable you really are. Character strengths are the personality characteristics that make you authentic, unique and feel engaged.

The VIA Survey of character strengths is a simple test that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Created under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, the "father of Positive Psychology"  and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish, and Dr. Christopher Peterson, distinguished scientist at the University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology, and validated by Robert McGrath, Ph.D., this self-assessment character survey is regarded as a central tool of positive psychology and has been used in hundreds of research studies and taken by over 2.6 million people in over 190 countries.  It is the only free, scientifically validated online character strengths tool available (view VIA Survey psychometric data).

Ready to step up? Know Your 24 Character Strengths

Take the VIA Survey (available in adult and youth versions) and get your free Character Strengths Profile. Start using the full measure of your 24 character strengths for a closer understanding of your core personality. Guide to Using the VIA Youth Survey with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities.

The VIA Survey is available in 35 languages and the VIA Youth Survey (ages 10-17) is available in 18 languages thanks to a group of generous volunteer translators. View sample questions here:  


Personalize Your Character Strengths Results

Once you're done with the VIA Survey, YOU'RE NOT! Because besides generating your free Character Strengths Profile, data from the VIA Survey is used to produce your personalized VIA Me and VIA Pro Reports with exercises and resources you'll need to progress…to fly higher towards a more fully realized "you".  Check out Reports, Courses & Resources for how you can take flight and soar after getting your Profile. And, don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter below!




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finds more enjoyment in day-to-day experiences

after coaxing out her strength of humor


gained peace on a recent struggle

by applying his strength of spirituality



now embraces her need for adventure and excitement 

after learning her strength is zest