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

    TDC is the best! I can’t imagine passing that beast of an exam without this program. Amanda’s guidance is invaluable. And The coaches are supportive, helpful and responsive. I also used TDC when I took the Law & Ethics exam. And after that experience, I was sold, and knew that when the time came, I would be using TDC to prepare for the California written clinical exam. Thank you!!
    This course is 5 stars Plus!

    I cannot recommend this program highly enough! The lectures and the study materials are so thorough and there is so much available support.
    I really appreciate the focus on how to prepare mentally and emotionally for the exam.
    I’m extremely grateful and satisfied.

    This course more than adequately prepared me for the test. The test software crashed 3 hours into the test and I was able to pass. Thank you so much for your help.

    I am not a great test taker. I get overwhelmed with studying and convince myself I'm going to fail. TDC helped me break down my anxiety and showed me how to take a test in a manner that worked well for me. TDC also helped me see that I knew the information needed to pass the exam I just had to trust myself. I never would have been able to pass this exam let alone on my first try without the tips and support from TDC.

    The new updates that the program has added have really helped the extra final mock exam was great thanks for helping me get through this process.

    Thank you Amanda and team! I felt that TDC thoroughly prepared my for the MFT clinical exam. I often feel anxious walking into exams, and not only did TDC provide me with the confidence that I had a solid knowledge base, but the pep talks and advice on managing attitude were so important too. I passed my Law & Ethics and MFT clinical exam the first time using TDC. I highly recommend TDC for anyone about to embark on either exam.

    I found the TDC to be incredibly beneficial to prep for these exams on so many levels. Thank you for your inspiration and skills to create it and maintain it. I’m also very appreciative of your team’s responsiveness and personalized feedback to my comments and questions. Hard to say any single component was key because it is so well thought out. 2 things that were important for me: 1. I’m terrible at timed tests and they prepared me better than I would have imagined. The fact that the practice exams and final mocks were intentionally more difficult than the actual exam were somewhat demoralizing for me at first but in hindsight, I’m actually glad they were tougher. Their strategy worked to give me the confidence and prep I needed to endure and succeed over the 4 hours during the real exam. 2. I loved the 20 min Strategies Review and 8 min Final Pep Talk - I listened to them both multiple times and especially right before going into the exam. I passed on the first take and I know its because of the quality of your program and genuine passion of your team! Thank you!

    Your practice tests are excellent preparation. My test was at least 60% on the very first stage of treatment: assessment, referrals and treatment planning. It also seemed to me that thinking clearly - as your prep test answer explanations teach/model so well - is the key to passing. Specific knowledge seemed way less important. There were very few questions that required knowledge of specific facts.

    I passed!!! The TDC program was so helpful in teaching me how to think about what the question was asking, how to break it down & rule out wrong answers. I listened to the audio lectures daily to and from work. The information was concise & not overwhelmingly wordy. I felt very prepared & surprisingly had little anxiety prior to taking the test. The coaches were also very helpful in giving me extensions due to Covid issues. Thank you TDC team!!!

    I started my journey to becoming an LMFT 3 months before my exam. I went over the TDC program twice and reviewed areas that I felt I needed more work on more than twice. That is the beauty of TDC that you are able to go at your own pace and review what you need. TDC was extremely easy to use from the quizzes, quick study guides, audios and Mocks. I really enjoyed reviewing the rationales for the mocks as that is key in learning and growing.

    On the day of the Exam I went in knowing that I had done my best to prepare. I literally had the little voice in my head reading each question and saying "what is the question asking, is the answer related to the stem and is this the best answer" It was nice to know that after it was all said and done I had an hour left over which gave me more than enough time to review any flagged items.

    TDC really did OVERPREPARE me for this exam which I am thankful for. I had used TDC for my Law & Ethics and knew I had to use it again for my clinical exam. I passed both exams on my first try. I could not be happier with my outcome and I am now ready to embark on my new journey!

    This course well prepared me for the exam, the questions were so similar. After going through the material taking the mock exam and reviewing the questions i got wrong and the rationale, I felt more than prepared and confident during the exam

    Thank you for such through study material, availability and flexibility through all of life's challenges, that ultimately helped me finally sit and pass my final exam.

    I love TDC! I used their programs for the law and ethics and clinical exam and passed both on the first try.

    I passed my California Clinical Exam the first time by utilizing the TDC program. The program helped me gain the knowledge I needed to pass the program, and I’m so thankful how it helped me not get overwhelmed through outlining how to set up a specific study schedule for me.

    When i took the exam the first time, I had graduated from the counseling 20 years prior, completed 1 1-2 internships, and recently completed a PhD. program. Much had changed and I needed to catch up. TDC assisted me to fulfill this endeavor. Asya Mourraille was an amazing tutor. When she was working with me, I could throw out a topic and she would come back immediately to inform me of multiple items for me to know before going on to the next topic. I tried several prep courses. She not only informedme of the topic, but taught me HOW to take the test. All programs had something to offer, but TDC offered me the total package that I needed to pass the exam. And, I did it!!!!

    The test is evil. TDC makes it passable. Thanks !

    I am so excited that I pass my exam. I’m officially a LMFT! God is so good and the glory is all His! For those of you guys who have been studying for a while, and can’t pass that exam, don’t give up!! It took me many times to pass. After each failure, I would do some self-care. Then I would get back up and start studying again. Each time I studied my heart out. However, after each failure, I would learn something new about the test and about myself. TDC has been with me since day one! I’ve used other programs and nothing compared to TDC! Thank you TDC for all your support and patience with me!

    This program really helped me! I had a few issues with having to reschedule my test and they helped extend my program as well. The material is very clear and really prepared me for the licensing exam. I would definitely recommend this program. I have used TDC law and ethics program as well and passed the first time around too!

    I was worried when taking the mock exams because I wasn't scoring very well on them, but they definitely prepared me for the actual test. All of the quick studies and lectures were very helpful and easy to follow.

    Highly recommend TDC's study prep! I felt totally prepared and passed the exam with ease (and 40 minutes early!) I tried one other study program before and TDC is far superior. Don't waste your time or money anywhere else. This program will give you exactly what you need to pass this test!