Via's Survey of Character test measures 24 characteristics that define what’s best about people in the broad categories of Wisdom and Knowledge, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence. The easy assessment had 240 questions, and took about a half hour. I had to figure out how each statement described what I was like on a five point scale, from Very Much Like Me to Very Much Unlike Me, and the directions reminded me that the results would only be useful if I answered the questions truthfully. It seemed like some of the questions showed up more than once, restated in a slightly different way each time.
When I was finished with the test, I received a report that described my character strengths in order from strongest to weakest. The top five strengths are characterized as Signature Strengths, the ones that are most dominant in my life, but the report noted that my lower strengths were only lesser in comparison. Each strength was accompanied by a brief sketch of the meaning of each strength. For example:
Appreciation of beauty and excellence--You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.I was a bit surprised (but pleased) by the results. They helped me understand why I feel certain ways and do certain things. Tony also took the test, and it was interesting to see the similarities and differences in our reports.