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

    Felt so prepared for the exam. The mocks were excellent in preparing you for the actual exam. I knew what to pick according to the strategies that were explained. Passed on my first attempt! Thank you for an amazing tool and giving us exactly what was needed to pass!

    I had many questions on how to “further assess” clients. The Final mocks were super hard and I did not score what would be considered “passing”. I did not know if I’d pass after my final mock score. The program is awesome though. It definitely prepared me.

    This was a very comprehensive coarse with really good strategies for how to approach the questions. I like the emphasis on balance, self care, and the way the topics were covered conversationally. I am so relieved I passed and I really thank the coaches for helping me and the coarse for the great grounding.

    Everything was great!

    I had 1 month to study and used the TDC. What helped most wast not only learning the information, but learning how to answer the questions, which TDC prepared me for in such a short amount of time. Whether you're studying for 3 months or 1 month, I highly recommend the TDC.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that the actual exam felt easier than the mock exams! I think TDC actually over-prepared me for the exam, and I couldn't be more grateful for that! I've recommended TDC to several others already, and I plan to continue recommending it! Thanks!

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    I felt confident about the material after I was able to really commit to the study guide.
    Thanks for allowing me to have used the study guide over and over after my failed attempts and seeing me through my success.

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    I highly recommend TDC to AMFT’s seeking to complete the clinical written exam. This testing platform helped me tremendously!!!

    TDC was a great study program and extremely comprehensive! I went into the test with so much more information than I actually needed, but I believe it will make me that much better of a clinician. Lots of assessment questions, but if you listen to all the audios, review your notes and do the mock exams, you will be more than ready. My biggest hurdle was test anxiety and time management, but once I started the actual exam, my nerves were eased because I realized I was fully prepared! Thank you for making this experience so great! Passed my first attempt and so happy to be done :)

    After I didn't finish, and subsequently didn't pass the first go around- I requested accommodation and received them. Since I already knew most of the material, I studied and refreshed and when I was ready to take the test I scheduled and passed. I was so grateful that I both advocated for myself and also that I felt prepared. Thank you for the prep TDC and for allowing me an extended program after I didn't pass. Happy to say I passed the second time. Feels so liberating.

    I truly believe that TDC's program overly prepared me and I'm so grateful!

    Highly recommend!

    I used TDC for both my MFT Law & Ethics and Clinical exam. I passed both times on my first time. I recommend TDC to anyone who has to take these exams.

    I used TDC for my law and ethics exam and went through the material/audio and practiced with the mock exams. I passed on my first attempt! I knew I was going to return for my clinical written exam (MFT). The way the program is set up with audios that review information and even more go over rationales for answering the questions prepared me to really understand how to take this exam. Like stated, we know the material. It’s just being able to apply it and the TDC did this on every aspect. I passed my LMFT exam on my first attempt and I am forever grateful! Thank you so much!

    Thank you Amanda and Asya and the entire TDC team for the quality of the study material! Thank you Asya for the individual coaching session, which helped with me identify strategies I needed to improve. I felt well prepared for the clinical exam and passed feeling confident!

    TDC helped me to get in the proper mindset that spelled the difference between passing and failing. Thank you!

    I like TDC program. It is exceptional and comprehensive. TDC is all you need to pass the MFT Clinical examination. I appreciate the opportunity to use the TDC program. I appreciate the teaching style of Amanda. She is awesome. I will be eternally grateful to this program.

    I felt so confident in my skills after going through the TDC program. I had no anxiety prior to the exam because I felt so prepared. The study materials and learning have made me a better clinician, as well. Thank you!! So grateful to move into the next part of this journey!

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