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

    Many questions in the real test were very similar to the TDC Mock exams. I passed the clinical exam with CONFIDENCE!
    Thank you TDC!

    I can't express the importance of listening to rationals. During the test, I kept hearing Amanda in my head. I could not have passed this test without this test prep-program.

    Thanks passed on my first try, and studied for 5 weeks. I listened to the material over and over, in my car, at work, while doing dishes, and completed the test as well. Im a really slow tester, and I had to guess the last 30 questions in about 5 mins, but I passed without being able to submit my answer for the last question due to time running out. Some answers I knew immediately, others were confusing, but it was a great program.

    TDC study materials helped me get ready for the LMFT exam under 3 months. The coverage of knowledge was sufficient and the exam strategy was superb!

    This program was extremely helpful for me in passing the licensing test. I felt like I was well prepared for the test after reviewing this program and the topics that are reviewed were on the exam. I did feel like I was failing the whole time, but I made sure to keep a positive attitude and reminded myself that I know the information I need to pass the exam, and it worked! I will be highly recommending this program to my colleagues that are in the process of studying. Thank you TDC team.

    TDC was a great refresher and covered all the topics necessary to pass the exam.

    Cannot sing TDC praises enough! I felt like the process and curriculum was clear and to the point. I loved the study outline and "Getting Organized" portion that helped create a solid idea of what I would be doing to get prepared. I loved all the many print outs and plan on keeping them as reference for the future. I also want to add, that I am a test memorizer. I really enjoyed all the mock exams available in your program. This helped me learn the content and not just the question. Lastly, I want to say that I did bring Amanda in the testing room with me. Every time I was going down a question stem, I would hear her excited, "Yeah" in my head as I came upon the correct answer. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience!

    Everything was very thorough and well organized. Thank you, TDC, for helping me pass my LMFT exam on the first try. :)

    TDC's MFT clinical exam prep course brings the study material to life. The materials are delivered with trustworthy expertise, excitement, and vigor. The course provides structure that I did not know that I even needed and helped me to walk in on exam day feeling prepared.

    Thank you ! The material was informative and the coaches are helpful, knowledgeable and supportive!!

    I really appreciated how user friendly this program is. I feel like every topic covered prepared me well, and the tips on how to engage with the test were really helpful in managing my testing anxiety. I felt like I was able to access the tips and tricks while I was taking the test which really helped calm me down.

    Your comprehensive study course was very easy to use and perfectly prepared me for all elements of the exam including and over feeling of confidence to “attack” the test. Mock tests much more challenging than the actual written exam.
    I heard your coaching strategies in my thoughts throughout the exam process.
    Thank you!!!

    There were challenges I faced studying for the exam as I had health issues which affected my energy level. All in all, the TDC program provided what I needed to pass the exam (specifically, the top 50 topics and the practice exams and rationales). I needed to ask for at least 3 extensions from TDC to be able to get as far as I did and I really appreciate being given those without question. I also used the prep advice given by Amanda and the team in order to take the exam. Additionally, I used no other prep materials. I think the material was more than adequate to prepare me to pass the exam. I will without hesitation recommend this program to a fellow colleague.

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    I was worried when I scored barely over the passing score for the last 2 final mock exams but going over the rationales for each of the questions I missed on the last 2 mock exams was a GAME CHANGER. I highly recommend going over question rationales before the exam - it helped me "lean into the test and interrogate it". TDC definitely over prepares you.

    My experience with TDC was amazing! I remember hearing Amanda's voice throughout the exam. The mock exams were very similar to the actual exam. Everything Amanda said was on point, trust TDC and follow their guidelines on how to study. My coach, Asya, was great and supportive and provided good suggestions and answered my many many questions! Thank you Amanda and team!

    TDC helps with study material as well as becoming familiar with common terms in the mock.

    TDC prepared me well for the exam!! Very grateful for this study program!

    Thank you so much for helping me pass! I worked so hard on this while taking care of both of my two young children on my own. Thank you so much for making this doable for me. I feel so accomplished!

    TDC was an amazing tool to work with.! I appreciated the preparation from the beginning which included mindset, empowerment and strategies to tackle the exam. Excellent program that supported me to the day of the exam. Thank you so much for the support your program provided me

    TDC was a fantastic tool for studying. I used all the tips shared, and definitely had Amanda in my head when taking the exam. The way the program is designed relieved me of the anxiety on the "how" to study - it is so comprehensive and you really are prepared going into the exam!