California MFT Clinical Exam

California MFT Clinical Exam
Price: $375.00

MFT Clinical Exam Study System Key Features:

  • An organized, step-by-step study plan to help prepare to pass the MFT Clinical Exam
  • On-line audio workshops with downloadable HANDOUTS
  • Complete review of essential content areas for the MFT California 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 memorize
  • 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

    This study program is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. 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!


    MFT Clinical Exam Prep FAQs

    What is the Average Pass Rate for the California Clinical MFT 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!

    What is the structure of the MFT Clinical Exam?

    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.

    What is the passing score on the MFT Clinical Exam?

    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.

    What is the application processing time for the California Clinical MFT 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.

    How do I apply for accommodations with the BBS?

    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.

    What information is tested on the California Clinical MFT Exam?

    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.

    When will I be eligible to take the California MFT Clinical Exam?

    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)

    What do I do once I successfully PASS the California MFT Clinical Exam?

    1. Celebrate this awesome achievement!
    2. Submit application for your initial license.
    3. Continue receiving supervision until your license is issued.



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    Average: 5 (266 votes)

    Course Reviews

    All the reviews about how this study program is amazing are all true! I took the test on 3/25/19 and passed on my first try. This program is the way to go. I went in feeling nervous but as soon as I started taking the test I felt a little better as I felt that the program prepared me for the content and how to look at the questions. Asya helped me with breaking down the vignettes so as not to get overwhelmed. The timing breakdown that they give you is gold! I am a very slow test taker and so this helped me with making sure I was on schedule during the exam. There were a few questions where I was stuck but I remembered how some questions don’t count towards the score and this helped me to not feel discouraged. Even with those questions I felt pretty confident going through the test and was so absolutely relieved and ecstatic to see the “pass” on my results. I am so thankful for this program and I will recommend this to all my friends, coworkers, and colleagues. Thank you so much TDC!! I still can’t believe it!

    The mocks are on point and a great indicator-don’t let the scores discourage you-they over prepare you! Keep track of your pace and keep going. Passed on the first try-only used TDC to prepare

    I am so grateful to TDC. I did not pass my first exam, but I stuck with TDC's study material, I was determined to pass.
    The individual coaching I had with Aysa helped me tremendously. She could see what I could not see. Aysa helped me control my anxiety and just basically answered every question I had. The exam was very similar to TDC's practice exams.
    I am thrilled I passed! Thank you TDC and Aysa!

    Well done on the final mock! It approximates the real exam more closely than the previous ones.
    Thank you for all you do for AMFTs!
    Can't remember much now. I'm exhausted, but still feeling very grateful!

    Thank you so much for developing this study program. I had paid for two other study programs but found them useless. I learned from your program that I am an audio learner which helped me a great deal to learn the material and implement strategies.

    I don't think that I could have passed my test on my first try if I had not used this program. I've highly recommended it to others!

    Thank you, TDC, for your guidance through this process. The materials were concise yet thorough and comprehensive. The audio was super helpful. And the coaching of test taking techniques and strategies perhaps the most valuable (for me.) I took Amanda's advice and allowed myself to imagine her in the room with me as I was taking the test and would get stuck on a question, felt fatigued, or that there was no way I would finish on time (I finished with one minute to spare), or pass. As Amanda says repeatedly throughout the course, having the a positive attitude is critical and perhaps the deciding factor for passing the exam. Many times during the exam, I had to literally take a deep breath, make sure both feet were on the ground and shift my perspective and attitude to remember to "lean in." I finished the exam with 1 minute to spare.

    TDC was a tremendous help to me for my entire clinical experience, from Law & Ethics and all the way through to the end of my CCE! I took Law & Ethics and passed on my first attempt. I took the clinical exam twice within one year, and passed on my second attempt. I missed the clinical on the first time around by ONE point, and I had run out of time with about 20 questions and 10 minutes left. That being said, I was very aware that time management and anxiety management were the two areas that I needed to practice working through the most. I did just that through my second round of studying for the clinical. I passed each of my three mocks with not just high scores, but with plenty of time left over. One thing that was VERY effective for me the second time around, also, was committing to studying for no more than two hours at a time, much self-care following my studying, and positive affirmations. This is JUST a test. It doesn't define me as a person or a clinician. It's just ONE more silly thing that the BBS requires all of us to do in order to become licensed. Another thing that was super helpful to me was printing out and reading through many of Robin's and Asya's blogs about anxiety and time management. I read through some of them many times a week. The Narrative Therapy Blog was especially useful to me! Since I was feeling a little nervous five days before my scheduled exam and had scored pretty low on the first/final mock exam, I elected to do a private phone session with Asya. This made the difference, truly, in me feeling unconfident and defeated, and powering through this exam with the knowing that I can and will get through it. She especially helped with time management techniques. I finished my CCE with ZERO stress related to time management, moved along at a steady pace, finished on time...and passed! I have been very happy with TDC overall, and with the wonderful support offered by each of the coaches. I cannot thank you all enough for having my back from day one!

    I attempted the MFT clinical exam two previous times with another program and did not pass. I was discouraged and frustrated prior to using the TDC program. The verbal explanations and review of the material was key for me to remember the concept rather than the question. I can not thank you enough for this program!
    Kyle C. May, LMFT

    I forgot to mentioned in my last testimonial piece that TDC makes it really possible to have a study plan that can be done while being a full time clinician (work that requires often overtime) and being a mother of a 5 year old. Thank you so Much ! Blanca Mihedji

    I am finally qualified for LMFT, after an arduous years of hard work and sacrifices TDC has been a big part of this process since passing my Law & Ethics with your support and now passing the BIG LMFT Clinical Exam- that I thought almost impossible to pass !
    In the last months as life threw me a lot of challenges but I try to stayed focused with the TDC guide study... then due to work I was not able to take a day to take the exam as planned, I had to postpone it and even people encouraged me to postpone it for months given all the stressors in my life but personal experiences and the confidence that TDC gave me since I used them for the Law & Ethics gave the courage to take the exam. I did a quick review the day before the exam and I was able to pass the first time. I was at the edge of burnout from work and personal stressors and not doing well with the timing on my Final Mock Exams (scoring 71% but going over the time limit for 30mins and int he second try, I scored 50% which really freak me out). I reached out for support to TDC- Asya and Amanda voice really gave me the confidence I needed that day to pass my exam. FOREVER THANK YOU because thanks to you I have accomplished a personal and family dream. MUCHAS GRACIAS! Blanca M. Mihedji

    This program adequately prepared me and replicated questions on the actual exam SO well. I cannot thank this program enough for being able to prepare me so well. The test rationales are so incredibly useful. I will be recommending TDC to everyone. I used it for both exams and passed both on the first try. Amazing program.

    I was very pleased to recognize most questions on the actual exam from the Mock Exams provided by TDC. I felt confident, even when I was struggling during the test, because Amanda reminded us throughout the study materials that it was normal to feel challenged by the exam and it didn't necessarily mean I was going to fail. I was able to keep my cool and persevere as a result of all the practice and reassurance Amanda and the TDC materials provided. I passed the first time I took the exam! I highly recommend this study course if you are planning to take the LMFT clinical exam.

    I've never been a great test-taker so my anxiety was running high as I prepared for these tests. I used TDC to prepare for both exams. I took both exams 3 times and finally passed. What I would've done differently, I definitely would have scheduled more coaching sessions! It is worth the money and time. When I took the Clinical Exam for the third time, I scheduled a coaching session the day before my test with Asya, she really helped me to think through the question stem and reviewed my testing strategies. I am very happy and now can go on with my life as a LMFT!

    TDC ROCKS! As someone who abhors online courses, this was an exceptional experience!! I passed both L&E and CCE the first time. I followed the suggested study schedules and followed all the recommendations Amanda gave. It should be noted that the mock exams are much more challenging than the actual exam. The level of difficulty (which brought me to tears of frustration on two occasions) accurately prepared me for the level of difficulty on the big day. It also prepared me to manage my expectations of myself, and my time, during the 4 hours. I HIGHLY recommend investing in TDC if you're trying to prepare for these exams.

    -Kaitlin R

    I am so happy I chose TDC to help study for the clinician exam. TDC really did cover everything that was on the test! I listened to the Strategies Review on my way to the testing site and that was really helpful for me because I carried those strategies with me into the test especially when I was feeling anxious during the test! I was really grateful for the amount of detailed advice Asya gave me when I emailed her with my questions and I instantly felt less anxious. I am also thankful that the final 2 mock exams were very hard because going into the clinical exam, it felt easier than the TDC final 2 mocks! Thanks again!!

    I definitely recommend TDC and I have been recommending to everyone I know. As a sleep deprived parent of a toddler it was really hard for me to study. I am also NOT a good studier in general. TDC organizes all the info and makes it really manageable. I listened to audio lectures while driving to work. I listened to theories and DSM lectures a second time while taking notes which made the info stick more. ULTIMATELY the practice quizzes and final mocks are so so helpful! listen to the rationals lectures for those! they are very close to the real exam. I also found the lecture on how to think the way the test thinks super helpful, and definitely bring the snacks schedule they recommend. For me TDC was all I needed!

    I just want to say a big THANK YOU! Y'all actually made it fun (and I can't believe I'm saying that) for me to study for this exam. I can tell you care about us passing and feeling as confident and relaxed about it as possible. I really appreciated all the help with handling and easing anxiety. And it was a great review of everything! Thank you for making extensions of the course so easy, too. I had some life issues come up while I was studying, and it was comforting to be able to just ask and receive.

    I took the exam several time but,it was until I learn to truly read the question and connect the rational to the answers that I felt full capable to take it aging this last time. Highly recommend to listen to the first talk before taking the first exam where it reminds you to read the question and to look for the supporting wording in the answers. I think that for me that was the key to my success. Not to mention the fact that i worked hard to mange my anxiety. for those of you that have exam anxiety. Take a look at your final transcript , and it will tell you story of your intellect and your capacity to success. Wish you all the best.

    I really enjoyed the audios, I also enjoyed the ability to do practice tests and listen to rationales.