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

    Got passing scores on TDC last three full mock exams. On real exam, I didn't finish last three questions due to running out of time possibly due to reading some questions more than once, and taking a quick bathroom break at question 100. Not sure if I have undiagnosed ADD that got better as an adult with coffee or our tech culture makes it difficult to sustain focus on reading 170 vignettes in a row. Proctor gave me score report that said I passed and am so grateful after starting MFT grad school 6 years ago on this challenging and rewarding journey. Reading the question first before the vignette helped prime me what to look for such as assessment, crisis, diagnosis, treatment planning, or treatment question. Thank you TDC!

    I loved this course. I have dyslexia and this course offered me an auditory way to take in the information and built up my confidence to pass. The timelines in the course are proposed for neurotypical people, so try to ignore the time suggestions as much as possible and estimate for your own pace and accommodations.

    I was becoming frustrated with the mock exams and thought I would fail with my mock scores. But, when I took the exam I was shocked with how many questions I felt confident answering and how calm I felt taking the test. I think the study material, audio, and mock exams prepared me mentally and emotionally for the exam. You realize you know the material, it is just being prepared and ready to use it in a timed session. Glad I used this test prep.

    OMG. The meaning of passing this test, is beyond what I can write here. I took it the exam previously and did not pass, even though I normally Ace tests, once

    The information and the practice tests were so helpful to me during the exam. I felt confident going into the exam, and I previously had much test anxiety, The full length mock tests really boosted my confidence. I would recommend this curriculum to anyone preparing for the California Licensure exam. Thank you so much!!!

    It's all about the attitude. CONFIDENCE! Thank you TDC for keeping my chin up. <3

    I had a long road to licensure, and TDC was with me every step of the way. They were responsive and supportive, offered me multiple extensions when I ran out of time, and told me they were "with me until I passed" - which was true! Now I am licensed, and this is the only program I would recommend to any of my colleagues.

    TDC thank you so much for guiding me thru this process. I just passed the LMFT exam. I am beyond grateful for your program . I couldn’t have done this without you! I gave myself 6 weeks and it was the right amount of time. Thank you so much for the work and service you provide! ॐ aum ॐ

    This program completely prepared me for the exam! The exam was easier because of this program. Thank you for challenging me to make my experience so much more successful and pleasant!

    I would recommend everyone preparing for CALMFT exam to use TDC. It's a MUST in order to pass!

    I am so excited that I was successful; while taking the exam I felt anxious because the questions I was able to answer and felt a little more confident but in the end the study prep confirmed it worked because I passed. I was able to breathe after because it was my third time and I knew I just couldn't fail again. Thank you, TDC you helped me move into my next chapter of my career.

    I went through the course once and felt very prepared. If I had had time, I probably would have gone through another time, but it wasn't necessary. The mocks, especially the 2 final, were incredibly tough and really helped me feel confident during the test - I almost felt like I was doing something wrong it felt so much easier than I expected.

    TDC was a great help in getting prepared for the CA LMFT exam! I greatly appreciate the company offering the study curriculum to veterans for no charge, it is a great way to support veterans in mental health!

    For me the TDC program worked because it was visual and audio. I would have Amanda in my ear with me from the day I began studying up until the day of my exam. I would also review the material with Amanda after taking the Mocks. The day before exam I listened to the exam strategies and that helped me a lot! of course I was nervous and mentally drained during the exam, but I kept remembering all the advice Amanda and coaches shared and that's how I approached the exam. I did it!! and got through it!!
    Thank you TDC!!!

    I have been through this study material 3 times, I am glad that I can have the print out while listening to the audio to take notes from. This helped with preparing for how questions and answer choices were being presented and context clues. This was recommended to me and I pass through recommendations to you.

    This has been a wonderful training experience. And I’m a better clinician to have gone through it. Amanda’s voice is forever burned in my brain.

    I am a terrible test taker because I always get horrible anxiety with tests especially long ones but TDC helped me to overcome my fear and pass my test! I took the test once before but did not pass because I ran out of time to do the Mocks. The second time I studied I TOOK ALL MOCKS and took a week to study the questions I got wrong! It all paid off in the end as the mock question were very similar to the the ones on the test! THANKS SO MUCH TDC!!!!

    Truly this program has made me a better clinician. TDC will over-prepare you for the LMFT licensing exam.....and yet, as Amanda says, you will still feel as though you might not be passing for most of the time during your actual exam. TDC prepares you for sitting with that feeling, expecting that, and yet to have the ability to "keep swimming" all while accessing your knowledge and strategies! Thank you for this program - please get some CEUs up and running so I can continue to learn from you & the other coaches.

    I followed all of the recommendations as to preparing for this exam. I loved all of the lecture series. The practice tests helped me to think critically.

    This was an amazing study resource. I was over-prepared by the extensive coverage of the Top 50 topics, DSM, Diversity, and Theories lectures as well as the lecture on how to reason through question stems.