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 Passed my test on my first attempt! I couldn’t have done it without the help of TDC! I felt really confident while taking the test because of all the practice that this program provides. I want to thank the team for creating this program because it really provides everything needed to pass the test! Yayyy!! =)

    Highly recommended this program. You can literally see very similar questions on the real test as you going over the mock exams. The program over prepared you for the exam, so dont be discouraged by the hard questions from the mock exams. It is better being over prepared than lacking confidence when you go into the testing center. I PASSED with one try, you can do it too!! Good luck.

    Thank you for a wonderful study system. I did take Amanda in with me for the exam, and had her voice read the vignette, Asya was very prompt and detailed in her response! thank you for all the support. Would highly recommend!

    Do yourself a solid and get TDC. Everyone I know has used it has passed their test on the first attempt, myself included.

    For you anxious folks looking for answer about practice exam scores, I was scoring between 60%-68% and on the final mock exam, I scored a 47% and I still passed on the first time.

    Because of unforeseen circumstances, I only had 4 weeks to study, so I had to cram quite a bit. TDC is so well put together, it really came through and saved me (TDC and a ton of prayer).

    I was absolutely terrified of the test, but Amanda's voice was in my head, and it really helped me sort through the questions.

    To the TDC team, I am incredibly grateful for you and the study program you have developed.

    I felt supported through all my attempts and always got the extension without any extra charges as some other programs do. Even when I asked what I should do differently should I get extra hour, the counselor was really helpful to guide what should I focus on and told me that I don't need the hour, offered ten minutes free call which I didn't use, I really appreciate it and grateful for all the support.

    This is an amazing program! I was SO prepared and could tell during the test that I was actually over prepared. Would recommend TDC to anyone and everyone!!

    Using TDC and my clinical experience, I felt prepared going into my licensing exam. I especially appreciated the balance of necessary content with test-taking strategies, and the practice exams with rationales were so helpful. Thank you, Amanda and the TDC staff, for contributing to my passing score!

    All sections of the program are well organized, detailed, and thorough. I loved the rationals for the quizzes and mock tests!!!

    For the MFT clinical exam, the TDC prep helped me feel completely confident going into the exam. I personally felt that the actual exam was easier than the TDC mock exams. I felt relief while taking the test that I knew how to accurately read what the question was asking and how to quickly narrow down my answers. Thank you TDC!

    I studied pretty consistently for several weeks and kept getting 50%-ish scores on the first mock exams. When it came time to take the first, one-chance only, 170-question mock, I made a whole-hearted effort by planning and preparing…so I was quite irritated when I got a less-than-expected percentage. My impulsivity kicked in, and I immediately vented by email my frustrations to TDC. The next day, I received and email from Asya, which began with “You’re amazing”…I broke down in tears, her email was just what I needed at the time I needed it! She offered to call me, and we spoke next-day. Her words and reassurance helped prepare me mentally for my exam (which I took the day after our phone conversation). I may not know these coaches personally, but Asya’s email alone told me that TDC as a whole supports us all during this journey to licensure. I told a terminating client once that even when she can’t hear my voice or see my face, I’d always be cheering her on, and that’s exactly how I felt as I studied and prepared for this exam! Thank you, TDC!!!!
    P.S. That is my handsome husband in the attached photo with me, my biggest cheerleader!!

    I’ve tried several different study materials and none of them have helped me the way this one has. This program is absolutely amazing. It made me understand the questions and know what to look for. It’s like a light bulb was turned on and right away I could recognize the right answers.
    Thank you so much

    I took advantage of the individual tutorial/coach session(s) as I had not passed the exam. I needed a little more support and coaching around strategy. I found this really helpful, and it indeed got me over the finish line!

    TDC was intense. The mocks were difficult and the final mocks did make me second guess my readiness but I decided to attempt the exam anyway. The questions on TDC are far more complex then on the real exam and therefore get you thinking more completely. I found that after having experienced TDC it better prepared me for the vignette structure, questions, and answers. I knew what I was looking for and was able to eliminate answers quickly. I finished my exam with 37 minutes to spare and felt that meant I had failed. But what I have come to conclude is that the vignettes were much shorter and the answers were also less complex than TDC, making it so much quicker to get through. It was exactly what I needed. Thank you.

    I highly recommend this program!!! I was able to go in with confidence and felt extremely well prepared. I would not have passed without this course. The mock exams were amazing!

    I learned a great deal using your program. Thank you for the opportunity to study at my pace.

    I passed on my first try. They weren't lying when they said it feels like you're failing during the test. I honestly was mentally preparing to re-take it towards the end of the exam, but I passed! If you buy this program, study it well! Study it a lot, and go through it a few times during a time span of about 1.5 to 3 months. Trying to push through it, say in a 3-4 weeks, then trying to pass is a gamble, not impossible though. I didn't go outside the program such as a studying the DSM or reading outside material. I'm not an A student I always just got by in grad school. My best advice, beyond studying, is to PSUH through the test quickly. Read fast, click on answer, do a brief comparison of the options, and MOVE ON. Then, immediately start reading the next question, get it? Like fast! Seriously practice time management on the mocks and DEFINTELY take all the mocks. All of them, including the excruciating final mocks 1 and 2. They are rough, but its true they condition your mind to endure the test. If you're an un-diagnosed ADHD adult like myself (mind wanders and I have to re-read things over and over, struggle with reading comprehension too), you will need it for practice. Read the entire stem of the test and pay attention to key words. I have so much more to say, but now I will express gratitude towards Amanda and the TDC team. This program was worth every penny. Special thanks to Asya. She replied to an email I wrote a week before the exam and put things into perspective for me and gave me some general tips which helped a lot. Thank you so much TDC.

    I passed my LMFT exam on the first try thanks to TDC. I brought Amanda into the test with me. The pre-test pep talk helped immensely. I loved the audios, the quizzes, really just everything about TDC. I am a better therapist as a result of taking this course.

    I appreciated the audio and how TDC walks you through the organization process and how to think. I believe due to these methods I was successful on my exam. I chose not to take the final 2 mocks due to feedback that they were very difficult. I took the first 3 exams and scored 65% on each one. I appreciate that these exams were a little more difficult than the actual exam.

    TDC is an amazing study system. Prior to taking the law & ethics and clinical exams, I always described myself as a "bad" or "anxious" test taker. TDC made me feel confident to pass both exams with flying colors. Amanda's suggestions are great, and the strategies are spot on. I'd recommend TDC to anyone studying for these exams. Well worth the money!!

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