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Established over 30 years ago, Hudson is a leading provider of talent profiling assessments. It enables employers to reduce hiring risk, improve quality of hire and take the unconscious bias out of hiring decisions, through the use of specialised data.

What is a Hudson Test?

The Hudson Test is a series of psychometric tests that covers areas of ability, knowledge, skills, personality traits, and job/academic potential.

The test series is split into three sections: abstract, numerical, and verbal reasoning. Each test is also available for different levels of the business team: operational workers, junior managers, and middle/senior managers.

Together, the tests provide insight into the following skills:

Speed and accuracy

Spatial insight

Analytical insight

Ability to plan

Technical insight

At the end of the Hudson testing process, the employer gets a report with an overall score indicating that candidate’s level, together with three sub-scores indicating their working style and strengths.

Hudson numerical reasoning test

The numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to deal with numbers quickly and accurately. These tests contain questions that assess your knowledge of ratios, percentages, number sequences, data interpretation, financial analysis and currency conversion.

The exam is in multiple-choice format, with four available choices for each question. Each question is timed individually at 90 seconds, so your capacity for swift and practical thought is under scrutiny. The system will move the applicant to the next question when the time is up, whether the question is answered or not.

There will be an on-screen calculator offered for performing calculations, but using some scrap paper for notes and calculations is advisable.

Sample numerical question

How many more Australian Dollars (AUD) could you buy with 2,000 British Pounds in 2022 compared to 2023?

a) $360

b) $420

c) $520

d) $1,580

hudson numerical test

Answer : a) $360.

£2,000 × 1.49 = AUD 2,980

£2,000 × 1.31 = AUD 2,620

2,980 - 2,620 = AUD 360

Hudson verbal reasoning test

The verbal reasoning test evaluates your understanding and comprehension skills. You will be presented with a short passage of text, typically of between six to ten lines, which you’ll answer questions on. These are normally in the ‘True, False, Cannot Say’ multiple-choice format, although there are a range of alternatives too.

The verbal reasoning test is also timed per question, rather than as a whole. The online assessment system will move the applicant onto the next question, regardless of whether it has already been answered or not.

The 90 seconds provided to answer each question will also include reading time, so being able to rapidly process and understand the information given is a key part of candidate success.

Ultimately, the verbal reasoning test is there to show the extent of how well you can analyse written information.

Sample verbal question

Statement : Free range poultry is less profitable for farmers to produce than battery chickens.

a) Cannot tell

b) True

c) False

hudson verbal test

Answer : a) Cannot tell. The second paragraph details both advantages and disadvantages to producing free range chicken. While it costs more to raise free range chickens, they can be sold at a higher price. No direct economic comparison is given with battery chickens.

Hudson abstract reasoning test

The abstract reasoning test (also called the conceptual reasoning test) is designed to measure your lateral thinking skills and your ability to think logically in order to solve problems. This test will use shapes, patterns and figures, rather than numbers and words.

Simply put, this is part of the exam that most closely resembles a standard IQ test. Employers will typically use this part of the testing system as an indication of a candidate’s ability to think rationally and analytically.

Within a workplace context, this will show how likely a candidate is to be pragmatic with difficulties and problems that may arise.

Preparation is key to get to grips with the abstract thinking that this part of the Hudson assessment demands, so use our logical reasoning test resources to find out more about how they work.

Sample abstract question

Which of the boxes comes next in the sequence?

hudson abstract test

Answer : E). Large shapes alternate between diamond and ring (where ring number decreases by one) with each turn. Diagonal corner lines appear in each alternate frame and increase in an anti-clockwise direction with each turn. For every diamond shape, the corner square decreases by one in the following frame, in an anti-clockwise direction.

Hudson Business Attitudes Questionnaire

Rather than being a test of skills of ability, this is a personality questionnaire where there are no right or wrong answers. However, it is key to remain aware of the types of characteristics suited to the job that you have applied for, so that your answers reflect well.

We would also recommend practicing personality tests, so that you are in a strong position to tackle this test at your assessment.

This is an online personality questionnaire designed to understand how you, the candidate, will behave within a work environment. It focuses on five core personality traits including:





Emotional stability

Within the assessment, you will be presented with statements that you will be required to rate according to how strongly you agree.

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How to pass the Hudson Test (5 key tips)

1) Be prepared

Make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated and rested before sitting the test. This means making sure you get plenty of sleep the night before and having a glass of water to hand.

Set aside adequate time so that you aren’t feeling rushed and are able to dedicate your full concentration to the task, and make sure that you are taking the test in a quiet place where you are unlikely to be disturbed or interrupted.

2) Connection and hardware

Your assessment is online, meaning that a reliable and fast internet speed is paramount. It is advisable to keep a couple of pens and some paper to hand.

3) Read the instructions

Although the Hudson Tests are timed, to give yourself the best chance of answering correctly, don’t be tempted to scan through the information given. Skimming through information can lead to easy mistakes being made.

4) Learn from your mistakes

When practising questions, always invest time reviewing the questions you get wrong. You’ll learn more from these than from the questions you get right.

5) Practice (a lot)

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail, as Benjamin Franklin once said. You can never be over-prepared. Getting used to the format of the test, as well as the different types of questions you’ll need to get to grips with, is vital. Practicing will also increase your sense of confidence and help you to answer questions faster and with greater accuracy.


How do you prepare for the Business Attitudes Questionnaire?

Whilst it’s good practice to run through the questionnaire beforehand, it’s important to remember to be yourself and be truthful with your answers throughout. There are no right or wrong answers, so the best way to approach this part of the test is to be candid and true to yourself.

How is the Hudson Test scored?

After completion of all three tests, the recruiter is given a report with an overall score and level, with three sub-scores reflecting your working style, or strengths.

Which companies are known to use the Hudson Test?

Numerous companies use Hudson tests for their recruitment assessments; perhaps the best-known of these is VISA.

How will I take my Hudson test?

Hudson Tests are available to take online directly from the website; visit to apply.

Practice Aptitude Tests is not associated with Hudson. We provide preparation services for Hudson psychometric tests. Our tests are not designed to be identical to any style, employer or industry. Visit to apply.

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