California MFT Clinical Exam
Price: $375.00

CALIFORNIA MFT Written Clinical Exam Study System Key Features:

  • An organized, step-by-step study program DEVELOPED BY MFTs
  • On-line audio workshops with downloadable HANDOUTS
  • Complete review of essential content areas for the MFT California Written Exam / Clinical Exam
  • Effective study tools designed by California Marriage and Family Therapists who have passed the MFT California Clinical Exam by 90% or higher.
  • Top 50 Topics Tested, Law & Ethics Quiz, DSM 5 & Theory Review
  • Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy examples that help you learn instead of memorizing
  • Essential test-taking strategies you can use on exam day
  • 850+ ON-LINE MFT practice exam questions with audio rationales
  • Test anxiety management tools
  • Experience MFT test prep coaches available for questions and support

    The California MFT Written Exam study program is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. (Also known as the LMFT Written Exam) The course takes approximately 65 hours to complete once and can be repeated as needed. Access is set for 6 months, but extensions are FREE. We are with you until you pass the LMFT exam!



    The BBS provides accommodations for the California Clinical MFT Exam. If you have a physical or mental health disability you may request accommodations such as additional time, a private room, or a written version of the exam. The BBS will determine which accommodations you qualify for based on the information provided in your request for testing accommodations application. The BBS also provides additional time (time and a half, 6 hours) for the MFT Clinical Exam for English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants who meet the requirements enumerated on the ESL accommodations application.

    1. Celebrate this awesome achievement!
    2. Submit application for your initial license.
    3. Continue receiving supervision until your license is issued.

    The MFT Clinical Exam covers a broad range of subjects including treatment, treatment planning, law and ethics, clinical evaluation, and crisis management. Not only do you need to know the subject matters, the BBS wants to ensure you know how to apply this knowledge in different clinical situations. The majority of questions on the MFT Clinical Exam are considered reasoning-based questions. Therapist Development Center’s program provides a streamlined approach, teaching you the all of the information you need to learn and how to apply this knowledge to the questions that are likely to appear on the exam.


    The application processing time for the California Clinical MFT Exam can vary based on volume of applications and staffing levels at the BBS. In recent months, the BBS has kept processing time for the MFT California Clinical Exam down to 1-2 months. If you are applying for accommodations (see below), processing times can vary and it is important to begin this process as soon as you submit your application for the MFT Clinical Exam.


    The BBS publishes the pass rates for all licensing exams in their quarterly Board Meeting materials. The most recent data available shows the pass rate for first time test takers of the California Clinical MFT Exam in the first half of 2018 was over 70%. Since the new MFT Clinical Exam was launched in 2016, Therapist Development Center pass rate has remained above 90% for individuals who used our comprehensive program!


    The BBS no longer publishes the passing score for any of their exams, including the MFT Clinical Exam. However, based on the published scores that were shared in prior years, the passing score was typically in the range of 97-103 out of 150 scored questions (mid-60%). The passing score will fluctuate up or down based on the level of difficulty; the passing score will be lower if the exam is considered harder and higher if it is considered easier. In addition to the 150 scored questions, the MFT Clinical Exam will always include 20 questions that are considered experimental and will not count toward your final score.


    The MFT Clinical Exam is a standardized 170 question multiple-choice question test. 150 of the test questions are scored, and 20 are experimental and do not count toward your final score. Test takers are granted 4 hours to complete the exam questions. Accommodations for additional time can be requested through the BBS for English as a Second Language (ESL) test takers and those with physical or mental health issues who qualify through the Americans with Disabilities Act.


    The MFT Clinical Exam is the final step on the path to licensure. The following requirements must be satisfied to be eligible to sit for the California MFT Clinical Exam:

    • Obtain qualifying master’s degree and complete additional coursework
    • Completion of  3,000 hours of experience over the course of 104 weeks or more
    • Take and pass the CA Law and Ethics Exam (once you pass, you do not need to take the exam again)
    • Submit application for licensure and examination to the BBS:
    • You must take the exam within one year from the date you receive initial approval. If you do not complete the exam in this timeframe, your application will be considered abandoned. If an application is abandoned, you would need to re-apply and would lose any hours of experience that are more than six (6) years old (with exception of 500 hours accrued as trainee)
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    Course Reviews

    The mock exams were SPOT ON when I took the test. The pep talks worked for me. Getting in front of the exam helped me remember that I was well equipped for the exam. Thank you all!

    Hello everyone, you will notice that I have been affiliated with the TDC program for a few years. I took the exam twice over the past couple years, but I never completed the TDC program from beginning to completion. I would be to busy at work, my family life would be hectic and I never had the time to really engage in the program. This time I had the opportunity to work in a much slower working environment, I took a few hours a day and diligently went through the entire program. I am so pleased to say that I PASSED! For anyone who feels the pressure from work or has a family at home- find any time in your day for you to dedicate at least 2 hours to study. It is so worth it and I am still shaking with excitement!

    TDC are the "Michael Jordan" of testing support. I don't believe they can be beat. I used another system, great facilitator, super knowledgeable and supportive however, she did not have the same approach with regards to the wording and reasoning of the questions. The approach to DSM-5 alone was super helpful as the test is trying to ascertain if you can distinguish b/w Dx versus memorizing the whole DSM-5.

    TDC's mock questions are almost exactly like the test and the reasoning is definitely seen in the test. The Q will attempt to throw you off and TDC explains this very well. The Q ask about a "goal" for specific theory and throw you off with an answer that's an intervention in that theory.

    Follow the program, start with 1st step, be patient and trust the process. They know what they are talking about. Everything is broken down for you and as you move through the course, you can go back to review or use prior quizzes/worksheets to assist you with studying. The audio is also helpful, you will hear Amanda in that room as you run through the test. If you've failed before like I did, stop looking. The coaches are responsive and helpful and will answer your Qs in 2 business days. Thank you TDC!!!

    Thank you TDC. Top 50 questions and “How to Think” was a game changer.

    What a gift this program is!! It's the perfect companion through this arduous process. Completing this program, just as it is intended, will leave you over prepared in the best way! This program provided me with the knowledge and rationales that gave me a surge of confidence while taking the 4-hour exam. I'm so appreciative for this course!!

    I’m convinced that had I used this program the first time, I would have passed on the first try. TDC really helps one to understand if they are ready and the emphasis on reasoning versus a bunch of mock exams made all of the difference.

    Thanks to TDC, I successfully passed the CA LMFT Clinical Exam on my first attempt! All of the aspects of this study course equipped me with important key strategies and knowledge to tackle this exam. I honestly struggled with actually grasping the recommended strategies as I began taking the mock exams, but Robin and Amanda, and Asya provided me helpful advice to help me better understand and enhance my test taking strategies, especially with time management. I was able to become more aware of some of the underlying biases that I had throughout taking the mock exams, and they were able to guide me towards moving out of that headspace. As I continued to take more practice exams, my scores and time management started to reflect improvement.

    Although the mock exams were dreadful and difficult, I feel like it prepared me well for the real exam. Both the audio and reading rationales were key to helping me understand why I got certain answers wrong.

    Lastly, I love the flexibility scheduling our study hours. I took a little bit over 3 months to study due to personal preference, and I know every one is different with their studying and learning styles.

    I truly believe that this study program is worth it! Thank you Asya, Amanda, and Robin for all your support.

    Excellent study program! It was user friendly, well organized and hearing Amanda's voice explain key concepts in everyday language was a huge bonus.

    I am really thankful to TDC. Without this program, I would not have been able to license.

    The TDC helped not only pass my law and ethics (which until them I failed twice) but also past the Clinical Exam on my first try. The guide was completely easy to understand, I felt completely supported throughout studying and truly felt like the entire TDC team were there with me when I took my test

    Thank you so much for the support. I completed the survey and I just wanted to thank you for the support and renewal in program each time I was ready to study. Thank you so much!

    The course was easy to follow, comprehensive, well paced and engaging. I felt totally prepared going in.

    TDC is a thorough program that covers all the bases! You don’t have to follow the recommended study schedule you can go at your own pace. Mock exams are the best! They are definitely better than the other exam bundles I used to study

    This program was the only one I used and I felt completely prepared during the exam. All of the concepts covered in the study prep were discussed in the exam. The full mock exams assisted me in preparing to answer the questions in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend this program to any person preparing to take the LMFT exam.

    I felt well prepared for the material. Wasn't expecting the test site to be a little chaotic- a bit noisy with so many people coming and going from the room and difficult time getting back in the room after quick break due to a line for the TA and the palm-scanner (ID verification) not working well. Overall had enough time though.

    TDC prepared me to pass the exam the first time.

    TDC prepared me well to pass my exam the very first time I took it. This program is designed to help you succeed.

    This program was so comprehensive and supportive. I took my time with the material and worked at my own pace, which helped a lot. The mock exams and 50 topics really solidified my knowledge and confidence to pass the exam. Thank you so much, TDC!

    TDC has everything you need to pass the LMCE; I highly recommended.

    I purchased the LMFT study program in January 2021, hoping to finish my internship hours in June and take my licensing exam shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, I experienced numerous setbacks with the BBS, and I wasn't approved to take my exam until May 2022. During that time I requested program extensions 4 times, once after a previous extension had expired. And the TDC staff never hesitated to provide the extensions I needed! I am so grateful for their quality study material and practice exams; I passed on my first attempt!