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 ran out of time before exam day to take the final mock exam, but studying, followed by taking Mocks I and II along with carefully listening to the rationales prepared me very well. I still sat down to take the actual exam with some trepidation, because my mock scores were just 66 and 67%. But Amanda was right -- I could hear her voice, and answering the exam questions just felt like a continuation of what I'd been doing at home. I read the question before the stem and found that to be key. I kept careful track of time and finished with four minutes to spare. Honestly, by the end, I was glad I didn't have time to go back and second guess my answers!

    Follow the program and stay with it even if you don't feel successful with the mock tests! The best advice was getting comfortable with uncertainty.

    This courses is fantastic if you utilize it diligently, making a study schedule for yourself that is consistent and focused. I am so happy I passed and am grateful for TDC's help!

    I have struggled with test taking for many moons. I purchased TDC I believe back in 2017 after not being successful with other training material. I had difficulties the first 3 times due to change of life going on during same time. This time, God presented me with the moment to go for it and with the excellent study material in TDC, I was able to pass the exam. With the rationales given in the Mock 1 and 2 Final along with the in-depth guides and study resources, BADA BING BADA BOOM...LMFT!!! Such a great learning experience!! God Bless!!!

    Thank you TDC. I used TDC years ago and passed the law and ethics exam on the first attempt. I am so glad I used TDC again for my LMFT clinical exam. I took the test today, and I passed on the first attempt! The study material and lectures more than prepared me for the exam. The voice of the lecturer was definitely in my head during the exam. A special thank you to Robin Gluck. Your kind words of encouragement helped to keep me focused when I experienced high levels of doubt and anxiety towards the end of my studies. Again, thank you TDC!

    The time management and test taking strategies really helped me out and learn how to think and focus on what the question is asking and what to look for. Listening to the audio rationales felt like I was reviewing it with a colleague. I really appreciate the ability to ask a coach questions. I felt more prepared and confident enough that it reduced my anxiety. Thank you TDC Team!

    I felt somewhat confident going into the exam, which is good. I really felt the program prepared me for managing my anxiety during the exam. I really leaned into it and was able to tolerate the discomfort of feeling I may be failing. The 4 hour mocks -- the last two final mocks-- were harder than the exam itself, so that was good. The mocks were so important to get game ready!

    Excellent information related to required knowledge base, and outstanding strategies!! I felt appropriately confident throughout, and finished with a few minutes to spare.

    The TDC Program was incredibly comprehensive-it was the only study program that I used to prepare for the exam. I had been out of graduate school for three decades and based upon an employment opportunity, decided to pursue my license. Initially the material was super overwhelming as it had been so long since I had been in school. I took a deep breath and took it one step at a time and I passed the exam on my first attempt. I could have never achieved this goal without TLC! I loved the support and encouragement - I definitely took Amanda into the test with me and continued to say to myself, "Suzi, you can do this" and I did! I am thrilled and grateful to have discovered TLC!

    Thank you so much for all your work! This was an excellent step by step experience. This program gave me all I needed. The Final Mock exam was much more difficult than the real exam. Thank you Amanda for being the voice in my head, thank you Robin for supporting me when the going got tough. I am so grateful!

    I'm so glad I used TDC to study for my LMFT Exam! It was well organized, thorough, and definitely prepared me for the actual exam.

    The best study prep resource! I appreciate the clarity in explaining the various material. The material helped me to strengthen my skills in conceptualizing cases as well.

    I passed and I felt prepared by TDC's program. I also appreciated the suggestions and guidance from Robin regarding time management which helped me a great deal.

    This program covered everything! In fact, they over-prepare you for the exam which helps immensely! Their rationales on the practice tests/exams really help you understand the presenting case, reading through a vignette, and prioritizing what the question is asking. I give this course a 10/10 and would recommend it to anyone preparing to take the exam!

    Last time I took my clinician exam I USED aatbs and failed with a 99. This time I used TDC and passed. TDC taught me how to answer the questions that are being asked of me. I decided to over prepare and go through the course 4 times. I actually memorized the whole program. That was unnecessary of me because they test didn't test my knowledge of the material. They tested my ability to apply what I learned. I am so happy I choose TDC.

    TDC absolutely prepared me for the exam! I cruised through the test with an understanding of each question as it all had been addressed in the audios and handouts. Look no further as Amanda and her team will get you past the finish line.

    I am so glad I chose TDC. I completed the entire program twice. Only used TDC and I really felt over prepared which was a good thing. The actual exam stems were short and easy to follow because I had learned to navigate your stems which are much more difficult. The strategies and exam day tips were very helpful. I felt like I knew what to expect. I took you into my exam with me and it helped so much. I was very nervous when I first began to prepare because I have been out of school a while and have a job currently where I don’t do a lot of clinical day to day work so I really felt behind the curve. The way your program is set up took a lot of the nerves away because I just had to follow the program! THANK YOU!!

    Very glad that I chose this program! It was very helpful in understanding how the test works and how to learn the material to support the test format. Thanks TDC!

    This program OVER prepared me and it was great!!! I Felt prepared with knowledge to take the test and was sooo glad I used this program, it provided me with everything I needed to know and really liked the calming techniques used.

    I am so thankful a colleague recommended TDC to me. The structure was exactly what I needed to help prepare me for the exam. The schedule really kept me on track with studying. Amanda and her team were so helpful in explaining answers and dissecting the vignettes in order to really find the correct answer. Everything about this program was amazing I just wished I have found it early.