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

    Thank you TDC for the support with this big test. The audio, mock tests and layout really prepared me. Once I worked through my anxiety I was confident in the testing room. The timer.. not to run out of time was a big issue for me. I was able to break it down like the study guide suggests which calmed my nerves. TDC covers every angle. Thanks again!
    Plan to use TDC for the national test as well.

    Absolutely cannot imagine going into this test with out TDC preparation. This program is rigors but it, at least for me, really got the job done. I have been telling all my colleagues to use this program, but they already know to use it!

    The agency I work for only recommends TDC for MFT and SW exam prep. Friends of mine have used other programs such as Gerry Grossman, became frustrated with the structure of the program and turned to TDC to finish preparing for the exam. Amanda is an excellent teacher! Her audio lectures are clear and concise. She really helps you understand theories, DSM review , and legal and ethical issues. She teaches you how to properly read the question vignettes so you can easily know what the vignette is asking and the BEST option to select as your answer. TDC staff update the program frequently to make sure it is up to date to match what is currently being tested. Coach Robin answered any questions I had in a timely manner, and TDC even gave me an extension on the program due to COVID-19 delays. I will definitely use TDC for my CEU requirements. Thank you Amanda, Robin, and the rest of the TDC staff. Your hard work is truly appreciated!

    TDC covers everything you need in order to pass. I made personal flash cards and memorized all diagnoses and theories presented by TDC, but the most important thing was taking the mock exams and studying all rationals. Don’t solely rely on your clinical experience. This test is rational based and learning how to take it, is what really matters. Shoutout to Robin who answered my questions, set me at ease, and wished me luck on the day of the exam. By the way, the updated Final Mock 2 is EXACTLY like the real test - good job TDC! In fact, some of the questions were identical.

    I cannot recommend this course enough! I felt super prepared. I walked into taking the exam with confidence and even felt RELAXED. I know. Whaaaaat?!? Thanks to the whole TDC team for being so thorough, clear and encouraging. THANK YOU!!!!!!

    The TDC carried through my law and ethics and clinical exam. The structure of the program, handouts, quizzes, and tests reinforce all you need for the exam. The recording are super helpful and the coaches always answered my questions in detail and fast.

    TDC was extremely helpful in providing a comprehensive overview of the mass amounts of material covered in the exam. The tips I learned, such as looking for key words, and framing helped me a ton.

    I am beyond grateful for this MFT clinician exam prep program with TDC. I was in process of purchasing my home at the time, managing my work, and trying to study. If it wasn't for TDC, I would have not been able to stay organized and know how to break down all the study material. I am a very anxious person and test taking is not my strongest suit. TDC was easy to use, very clear, and rationales were great in helping to understand. For someone who is bilingual as English as a second language, I think TDC is amazing! I high encourage anyone to use this program. I passed my first time!

    The materials are all here! Practice to find your deficiencies and then practice the test again. There are enough tests to build up "test stamina" and if you still struggle, use their support system. I called Robin to help coach me because my test scores were getting worse the more I studied. She had me look at my pattern of how I was taking the tests. That was the game changer.

    Knowing that I study best under pressure, I decided to only give myself about 2 weeks to study for the exam and cleared my schedule for the most part the week before the exam. I was surprised that I was able to accomplish it and pass the exam! The practice tests were super helpful as well as having a schedule to ease my anxiety that if I just follow the schedule and put it in my calendar, I just have to show up and know that I'll be ready :) Thank you TDC for this course!

    I have used TDC for both the Law/Ethics Exam and the LMFT exam... both times, I passed first try and that is largely in part of the TDC program! The audio lectures are perfect to follow along and they bring in great examples to help connect the material to understanding how to apply it to clinical practice. My favorite part about TDC is the practice tests.. There are so many to help you prep and they actually go through the answers with rationales to help you understand why you got it wrong and why there was a better answer choice. These boards exams are truly rationale based and this program helped me decipher each question to pick out what I needed to get the answer right and ultimately pass!

    I am so happy to report I passed the LMFT clinical EXAM! I really feel like TDC prepared me so well. The mock exams especially prepared me for the real thing. I would even say TDC over prepared me, which I am so grateful for. Not only did I feel confident and prepared going in to the test, but I am now much more confident and knowledgable on theories, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and crisis management than I was before! Thank you TDC, I will continue to recommend this program to all associates pursuing licensure.

    The test questions in the exam were very similar to the practice questions/mock exam here in TDC. I felt like I was made for this exam when I was taking it. There was just enough anxiousness to help me focus while I was taking it. The tagline "pass with confidence" really is TRUE. The test-taking strategies discussed here are also extremely helpful. For example, taking a break in the middle of the exam and eating up a fruit really did boost up my brain when it was getting tired in the middle of it. Thank you TDC Team!

    The lead up to this exam has been years in the making and as one might expect, my anxiety about the MFT clinical exam was through the roof. I had heard great things about TDC from several colleagues and others along the way in my professional journey. While I found the study schedule to be a bit intense, I found that the careful review Amanda provides on the various content areas tested on the exam was incredibly helpful in preparing me for the rigor of this exam. Amanda's final pep talk was super helpful and really helped me get into the right frame of mind going before going in on test day. I'm not ashamed to admit that I skipped a lot of the law and ethics sections since I already have taken that test and feel secure in my understandings there. I did not complete any of the quizzes, and only completed one mock exam and review. The audio lectures were my main source for engaging this material, along with taking notes along the way. While I by no means encourage anyone to follow my way of approaching this, I think it also very much attests to the effectiveness of this study program. I am happy and proud to say I passed the CA MFT clinical exam on the first try. I am elated. Thank you Amanda and team for all you do and for helping me prepare for this this important day. Best wishes to ya'll.

    Awesome program! I went in with confidence to take my exam and finished with 20 minutes to review flagged questions. This program prepared me to feel less anxious about time management and does such an amazing job at teaching how to read the questions. Thanks Amanda and the TDC team!

    My coworkers had recommended TDC to study for the MFT clinical exam and I'm glad I did, the program outlined the importance of studying, exercising, and positive thinking. I haven't been in the field in so long, so everything in the study program was not only a great refresher, but focused on topics that was on the exam which helped me so much! I am so grateful for the TDC team in helping me prepare and pass the exam. You would only need this study program to help you prepare and pass the exam, and they are truly with you until you pass!

    Though the week leading up to my exam was super stressful, I felt very confident that I would pass the exam. 3 days prior to taking the exam, I felt completely ready. I only studied 3 weeks prior to the exam for 3-4 hours a day. While I was taking the exam, I felt anxious, but also felt like it was too easy. That's how prepared I felt leading up to the big day. TDC went over everything that was needed to cover the Clinical exam. I would recommend this program to anyone out there who is studying to take their Clinical exam.

    It is my pleasure to share my experience using TDC’s study prep program to sit the California MFT clinical examination! The four-hour-long exam was a beast but TDC’s study prep program was key to preparing me for the exam. The study preparatory materials were skillfully organized with the right amount of material and information needed to pass the test. The audio rationales (with Amanda) for the practice mock exams gave meaning to the prep questions and were invaluable. I highly recommend that this step is taken. I felt prepared and confident to take the exam. I was successful. Thank you Robin for your support!

    After feeling loss and defeated from taking the clinical test 2 previous times. TDC, was the best choice for me to learn, grow and become confident to pass the Clinical exam. I will highly recommend to colleagues pursing their studies for the clinical test! I am over-joyed that I passed the test this 3rd time around. TDC gave me the necessary tools/skills to accomplish passing the test! Thank you!

    This program is laid out really well. From the material to the practice exams, it all helped! Even though I was nervous on test day, once I got started, it all got easier. The questions were actually easier than the ones on the practice exams. Thank you TDC for putting together this program!