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 felt exhausted and upset on my first attempt at the exam as the study materials I used were nothing like the exam. After reading about TDC and how I would have audio to listen to and that it was good for those with a learning disabilities, I knew I had to try. After the first test with your program I felt confident that I had made the best decision to use your program and felt that it would give me the ability to finally pass this mentally draining exam.... I was right, Thank you and now I'm going to go continue to cry enormous tears of joy and relief!!

    I would highly recommend TDC as test prep for the LMFT clinical exam! I previously utilized this program for the Law & Ethics exams and felt very prepared. Due to difficulty with test dates during COVID, I chose a date allowing me 2 months to study and reviewed the program twice. My schedule allowed for Friday-Sunday studying only. Amanda and her team are thorough, and the program is broken into very organized and manageable sections. I very much appreciated and utilized all the test taking strategies- especially insuring I had daily exercise! Although I felt nervous, I also knew I was very prepared after completing this program. The mock-I was very challenging and I’m glad I took that 10 days prior to my date. I took the mock-II, 5 days prior and believe this mock seemed easier because I had thoroughly reviewed my mistakes on the mock I. Overall, I felt very confident during the actual exam, able to manage my time with 20 minutes to review marked questions and even taking a 5-minute break-as Amanda suggests. Thanks again to Amanda and my coach Robin for responding to my emails! The TDC program is very much worth the investment!

    Passed of the first try thanks to TDC! Use the strategies and yes you will feel like your failing but just keep going through with what you know based on your study and learned strategies! Read it, grasp it, answer it, and let it go

    Loved the organization of the material and the exam tips were genuinely useful (not just "take deep breaths" or "you know this, don't worry"). I used another system in conjunction with TDC simply because of the way I personally learn and comprehend material BUT I can say that TDC was friendlier and I felt genuinely cared about. Responses from the team were detailed and I appreciated the time and effort they gave me. I felt that TDC truly wanted to me to pass. And I did! So thank you!!

    TDC really helped me to understand why I was getting questions wrong on the mocks. The rationales provided great insight into the way I should approach eliminating answers and without it, I don’t think I would have passed the exam. The audio format was great for my style of learning!

    I loved how easy this program made it for me to study. I felt that I was over-prepared for the exam. Thank you!

    I am pleased to report that today I passed my LMFT clinical exam! The exam was challenging, however, TDC's materials prepared me comprehensively with the clinical knowledge I needed to know, the test taking strategies to utilize, and the mindset that enabled me to pass.

    I wouldn't have been able to pass without TDC! Truly felt prepared going into the exam. The final mock exams actually felt harder than the actual exam. Highly recommend.

    I want to thank TDC for the amazing study material. I was so nervous when I got to the mock tests because I did not score well and I emailed the coaches completely discouraged. The coaches knew exactly what to say. I reviewed the questions I got wrong and went over the topics I needed more support with. I followed exactly what Amanda recommended when it came to sitting for the test. I took my snack and water, took a break at 100 questions and read through exactly what the questions was asking. On 2/14/2021 I passed and become Licensed. I am recommending TDC to everyone.

    TDC is excellent. I felt overprepared for the exam, and that's a good place to be! I found the lectures to be very helpful, and honestly I believe going through this course has made me into a first-rate clinician. Thanks Amanda and everyone at TDC!

    TDC promised that their program was up-to-date and would over-prepare me for my clinical exam; they delivered! I had little to no anxiety on the exam and had great time management. Amanda knows what she's doing but she stumbles a lot on her explanations. My only suggestion to make this program flawless is for the audio materials to be rerecorded.

    I previously used another study material from a very popular agency. I am not a good self-starter with daunting tasks and thus I did not study enough the previous times and didn't even know HOW to study for such a large and important exam. I found TDC's study material to be so helpful and so approachable. I carved out time each day to study and remained engaged during my study sessions. The quick studies made it easy for me to create a study binder to take with me whenever away from my computer. I definitely owe it to TDC and the very logical and approachable study system for helping me pass my clinical exam. Thank you SO much!

    TDC was the light in the dark. It allowed information to be shared and retained in various learning styles. Although we are aware that it feels like we are failing , I felt confident in knowing my material and hearing Amanda’s voice all the way through. Without a doubt I would use this prep over and over again.

    Thank you for your incredible program! I am so relieved to be on the other side of this long process and am so grateful to have had such a great program to help me prepare. The mock tests helped to get me thinking through a lens that felt very applicable when I took the test. Although I still had feelings of uncertainty going into the exam, the pep talks and encouragement you provided helped me to overcome my worry and focus on my test carefully. So much appreciation and excitement, thank you!

    Thank you for your incredible program! I am so relieved to be on the other side of this long process and am so grateful to have had such a great program to help me prepare. The mock tests helped to get me thinking through a lens that felt very applicable when I took the test. Although I still had feelings of uncertainty going into the exam, the pep talks and encouragement you provided helped me to overcome my worry and focus on my test carefully. So much appreciation and excitement, thank you!

    TDC really came through, and I am grateful and relieved to have passed my first time. While knowing the material is necessary, understanding and using the strategies is arguably equally if not more important. Also, managing anxiety is paramount. If you want additional support, even explanations for the mock exam rationales, Robin is great.

    I found this course to be very useful. I also utilized a coach through TDC. Asya was wonderful! I recommend her highly. Her knowledge of the material is encyclopedic, she's supportive, kind, encouraging and funny. Thanks TDC!!!

    This exam prep was extremely helpful in preparing me for my LMFT clinical exam! The test tips and strategies helped me pass the exam on my first try! I highly recommend it :).

    I passed the LMCE on the first try! I focused on the TDC study program and got great results-- if anything I think I may have been over prepared. Highly recommend the program to anyone who likes to learn by doing; the practice tests and rationales were so beneficial to my success. Thank you TDC!

    WORTH every penny!! I have testing anxiety and this program NAILED everything to prepare you for the exam. The mock exams are harder in my option than the exam which really helped during the exam. I felt well prepared and confident. I reached out to coach Robin for support and she provided effective strategies for me to conquer and feel confident. I 100% recommend this program!! Thank you Amanda and Robin!