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

    I took my exam on 4/17/21 and I feel TDC has no only prepared me as far as knowledge goes, but also helped me manage my anxiety, time management, and how and when to go back and review questions. So thankful for TDC!!

    Not only did TDC prepare me for the exam, it increased my skills as a clinician. My colleagues noticed a difference in my skills and knowledge in supervision and case consultations. I wish lifetime access was an option. It was that good!

    I attempted my MFT clinical exam in October and failed. I soon realized that this exam is quite different from others I had taken in school as Amanda states in her TDC program. I studied again following step by step on the program (just giving myself more time per segment) to make sure I understood the materials. I had to go over some sections twice because English is my second language. I listened to the strategies more than once and followed the tips for exam day. On exam day, I did not feel like I passed because I ran out of time at the end when I had 10 more questions to go and even then "I PASSED". It feels great to see my effort pay off. TDC does prepare you, hang in there, If I did it, You can do it also.

    Very pleased with the program overall, especially the mock exams. I found TDC's mock exams to be pretty challenging in comparison to the actual exam, so that on test day I felt confident and prepared. I appreciate TDC's emphasis on staying calm and "attacking" the test as opposed to unnecessary memorization, which in my experience just creates anxiety.

    I couldn't be happier with the TDC program! I used the program prior to taking my Law and Ethics exam and passed without difficulty, so it was a no brainer to use TDC when it was time to take the MFT clinical exam. I'm happy to say I passed the first time out and I know it was due to using the TDC program. It's fantastic! Like the Law and Ethics exam I was so well prepared for the clinical exam that despite having some "pre-test nerves" on board I also felt confident. The program covers everything essential from exam content to testing strategies to additional coaching and support. In addition I want to mention that during the study process there was a period where I was unable to access my materials. I'm happy to report the tech staff at TDC was on it and it was resolved in no time, so I didn't loose any precious study time!! Thank you TDC!! I'm so happy you've been a part of my journey and I will definitely highly recommend your program!!

    Love the structure! Happy I took this decision and passed the first time! TDC did there part.

    I passed my LMFT exam today!!

    Wanted to share my experience since reading others passing posts helped to motivate and encourage me through the studying and preparation process.

    I only used TDC to prepare and passed on the first try

    Mock 1: 64%
    Mock 2: 75%
    Final Mock 1: 48% and I ran out of time with 11 questions to go
    Final Mock 2: 71% with 10 minutes to spare and took a break at question 90

    What helped me:

    Followed TDC and listened to the audios

    Take a break at question 90 on exam and have a snack. It helps your brain refocus and power through

    Stay positive. Keep telling yourself positive affirmations and visualize passing.

    Don’t get caught up on staying on one question too long and use scratch paper to write out time break down!

    Good luck everyone and big congrats to those that have passed!!!

    I recommend TDC for rigorous study material

    Thank you, TDC, for all of the inspiration, knowledge, analysis, reassurance, and test taking strategies! It all paid off this morning, as I took my LMFT Clinical Exam in California! The test materials were a perfect match to the content and format of the actual exam. I felt so prepared, so organized, and so confident, because I knew TDC would come through, again (you also helped me pass my Law & Ethics exam!)

    Like many who used TDC, I felt prepared to take my MFT clinical exam. Even though I did not pass the exam the first time, it had nothing to do with the lack of preparedness. Instead, I needed to learn to pay attention the detail of key words in each question, i.e. initial, beginning, first, next, proceed, additional (just to mention a few), treatment plan as appose to assessment, intervention as oppose to evaluation or treatment, etc.

    I appreciated having access to Robyn when I did not pass the first time. She helped to pull myself together so that I did not feel defeated. Thank you!

    TDC way overprepares you! It was anxiety provoking to keep seeing my low scores on the mock exams but once I took the real thing I realized I was breezing right through them!

    My experience with TDC was great! From the moment I had access to my study material, I knew I made the right choice. The material is organized in such a clear and concise manner, that it helps decrease the anxiety that can come from feeling overwhelmed with all the material. Anytime I had a question, or needed a boost of confidence, I got quick and encouraging responses from the TDC coach. Most importantly, I felt the program fully prepared me for the real test- there wasn't one topic I felt was missed or not covered by the program and the mock exams were a huge learning opportunity. Come test day I felt ready for the exam and PASSED!! Thank you!!

    TDC does an excellent job of providing the study material in digestible amounts, the program builds on itself so that if you follow it to a T, you will be successful. I passed my CA MFT clinical exam on my 1st try. Muchas Gracias TDC.

    Thank you!! This program definitely prepared me for the exam!

    I could not have passed the CA LMFT having Amanda in the room with me. Thank you!!

    TDC community! I am thankful and relieved to report that I passed the clinical exam! What a journey it has been, life has really thrown massive curveballs including a baby into my juggling act as a full time working mama. Thank God for family support and the drive to become Licensed! This program is the ONLY reason I passed because although I have been a strong student, I never felt like I was a strong test taker. Managing anxiety and focusing on self care got me through this beast of a test. Thank you Amanda, Robin and the whole TDC family!

    I passed the clinical exam the first time with the help of TDC. I will admit that my scores on the mocks were not great and I was experiencing test anxiety, but I still felt very prepared for the exam.

    I was quite nervous about taking this test, but with the study materials, I was well prepared. When taking practice exams, I found that my scores were on the cusp of passing, but going over the answer explanations was highly effective in helping me understand the material. Between the lectures, rationales for test questions, and reading material, I found this program to exceed my expectations, helping me to pass on my first try!

    TDC was the only study program I used. Reviewing the exams and listening to the rationals really helped ground my understanding. Listening to the 50 topics lecture two days prior of my exam helped remind me of the smaller details that I would forget to focus on because I was so worried about theories.

    Thank you so much! I know I wouldn't have been able to pass this exam without the preparation I did through your program.