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 for this course! With it, I was able to take the exam with confidence that I would pass.

    The TDC program prepared me perfectly for the exam. As I went through the exam it was very similar (maybe a little easier) to the final mock exams in the program. I would highly recommend following all the recommendations given through the program for success!

    This was a great resource. Super helpful. Amanda was definitely with me. My worse issue was myself and second guessing. Taking a break during the test was helpful, even though I didn't want to spend the time. I appreciated the four hour mock tests because it really helped prepare for the duration and the intensity of sitting for the actual exam.
    My test had a lot of questions regarding couples issues. I felt prepared.
    Thank you.

    I initially studied and took detailed notes for each section. I felt prepared the first time I took the test and missed the passing score by 1 point. I immediately reapplied with the board in my state to retake the exam the same day I failed. For the next 8 months, I did not study or look at any material regarding the exam. I reapplied with the company that administers the test in my state to take the exam almost exactly a year from the date I initially failed. Upon going back over the material I was surprised at how much of the information I had retained from my initial studying. I remember Amanda saying to take a break around question 100 and not to worry about time. I took a break at question 102 and returned and just as Amanda said I seemed to move even faster through the test after my break. I finished with 50 minutes left. I felt prepared and confident going into the test and felt the test was even easier the second time I took it. I HIGHLY recommend this course to everyone preparing for the exam. Even if you fail it the first time as I did they do remain with you. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

    The material is well organized, and the different angles consolidate the learning. I have two major things to share which significantly contributed to my success.
    First, I learned a methodology to answer the questions, which was very helpful for the exam.
    Second, I had "Amanda's voice" in my head when I took the exam: her decisiveness and assertiveness (or aggression). Her way of saying: "There is no reference to a substance in the vignette, so skip this answer referring to a substance," is definite. Her voice built my confidence, and I adopted a "combative" or "doer" attitude for the exam versus a "done to" mindset, as she recommended in her last pep talk. The speed at which she read the vignettes in the explanations of answers to the mock exam questions taught me the pace to maintain in the actual exam.
    Thank you for the support and the generous two-month extension that you gave me within a day of my request. This responsiveness further reduced my worries. Sincerely, Benoit.

    Thank you for hanging in there with me until I was ready to take this exam and finally pass! After the second time around I can say I am officially a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist!

    Highly recommend TDC - the lectures, handouts, and practice tests all prepare you with everything you need to know about the test and how to take the test.

    I didn't do well on the Mock Exams and felt a little discouraged. Instead, I decided to study more and use the exams as lessons instead of looking at the score. I feel like studying all the material is important but the Mock Exams helped me practice and feel what it's like on the real exam. It was exactly like the exam.
    I finished my LMFT exam and used every second to take the test.
    In the morning I prayed, drank orange juice, ate a little peanut butter, and a bit of a banana. That was enough. I choose not to take a break. The only distraction I had during the test was the testing room was too cold and I shivered throughout the test. Wear warm clothes if your center runs cool. I passed the LMFT Written Clinical Exam on my first attempt!
    I am very happy I chose TDC!

    Thank you TDC! Passed on my first try!

    Excellent course for both Law and Ethics and the LMFT Clinical Exam. I would recommend TDC to everyone who needs to not just pass the necessary exams for licensure, but it is also an excellent educational course to use throughout our careers in the helping profession.

    The TDC program equips you with a lot of information so that you feel adequately prepared for the exam. The instructor is thorough, the hand outs are informative, and the practice exams are challenging yet effective. I wen through the program twice in which studied for 10 weeks and was able to
    pass my exam on the first attempt, thank God. I would definitely recommend this program!

    When I took the first two exams and failed, I had not used the practice tests. When I took the exam the final time and passed, I had taken the first and third of the 2 1/2 hour practice tests, and in between those I listened to the rationales and reviewed the areas of study in which I recognized I was a weak. From this, I learned how to strengthen the necessary bodies of knowledge, and I also learned that when I became anxious about running out of time, I got several questions wrong in a row. I learned the level of speed at which I needed to read the questions stem, and to never let one extraneous thought enter my mind if possible, and to stay focused on the elements of the question stem. I learned I needed to run my eyes over the sentences very quickly as I got each new problem, and to notice in the answer choices which parts would eliminate any of those as possibilities. besides learning the bulk of knowledge provided, and how to take the test, I recognized that applying the scenarios in the exam. Questions were easier to process and make decisions about when I applied the theoretical approaches to my experiences with clients. This was invaluable. I believe taking the practice tests along with that, is definitely what caused me to pass. I felt I was on time with each question. I did not feel like I was running out of time, I felt very focused because I learned that you have to stay extremely focused and remember each detail of the question stem while reading it very quickly so that I wouldn't have to go back and analyze everything over again too often, and also, when reading the answer choices to be certain that you will know which one is the most correct. I believe it's also very important to feel confident that you will pass the test when going in and while you're taking the test. That is how I passed the exam. Confidence is of upmost importance. I had a support group that believed in me, and I took two days off to just study a few days before the test, and when I went in, I believed I was going to pass. However, I did not take a break, which I think helped because I needed to be able to not go into a state of anxiety , which would cause me as I learned in the practice exams, to begin to choose incorrect answers in a frenzy of anticipation that I was not going to be able to get things done in time. In the end, I had 15 minutes left over, and I did not go back to reassess my answers. I think this was also important to not second-guessed myself. Thank you for this wonderful program!

    From the beginning, I followed the advice of having a growth mindset and taking good care of myself. As a mom, I know the importance of balance, good time management, and a healthy lifestyle. I started swimming daily, followed by online study sessions with Amanda. Yesterday before my exam I rested. In fact, that was easy, as I actually have been fighting a virus, and felt a bit groggy. But I persevered.

    I can't say anything but TDC rocks! I initially used TDC for my California Law and Ethics exam and passed without issues. It was a friend who recommended I try a different company for my CA MFT Clinical because it was cheaper and the namesake of the company deals with the BBS and swore by his study prep. Well, that was a huge MISTAKE, for I failed the first attempt and I had a deflated ego. Nevertheless, I bought the TDC program and passed the test. I can honestly say that the TDC program is top-notch and prepares you, as well as teaches you how to conquer and pass the beast. Thank you, TDC, you will be the first company I recommend to anyone!

    I do love TDC for their break down on how to think, study, and attack the exams without anxiety. TDC did help me understand how i need to think and identify key words that change my perspective on what the questions are asking me.

    This is the best course I have ever taken…I learned so much more than I ever imagined and could not have passed without this course. Thank you all at TDC!!! I took all of your voices into the room with me and I followed the strategies to the letter! I am so grateful for this course and I appreciate the constant, hard work all of you continue to put into this course!!!!

    TDC is hands down worth the money. I’ve just got to get that out the way. The audio recordings, PDFs, and the practice exams is all you need. Much of what you think the exam is about: memorizing content… that’s not gonna help you pass. TDC knows this and teaches you the actual process to pass using key elements that help you dissect any question. The actual exam appeared identical to the practice exams. Not to mention the breakdown of rationales for each question on those practice exams. Don’t hesitate, get TDC!

    Although I have been practicing for almost 10yrs, I actually waited until the very last minute to study and take the MFT Clinical Exam. I went through all the material as best as I could in 1week then took the test. I passed, but I know that my passing was largely a result of this study system. It assisted with prepping me on how to think during the test by preparing me to expect to see multiple answers that may apply and potentially be correct when approaching vignettes. Simply put, it helped to refocus my mind to say to myself "what would I do next if I was right there in the room with this client". Honestly, that was the best advise ever!!!

    The study materials were excellent. The mock exams are not for the faint of heart. Be careful that the "boot camp" nature of the Mock exams doesn't discourage you. Wait to take them until you have adequately studied. Don't rush to take the mock exams. Honestly, if you do diligence to take your time and study, this material will do the trick. Listen to the teachings at normal speed and don't speed them up. Take your time and let Amanda get you a "W" for your first try. Thanks!

    The TDC program was structured, the printable study guides organized and followed the audio lecture series. My favorite thing was listening to the lectures as I was driving to and from work! The mock exams were harder than the actual test! I am so glad I chose this study method!