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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    I passed! 3rd attempt but I passed. I can admit that when I went through the TDC material on my first attempt I really did not attack the material and it showed when I tested and received a score of 95%. After getting through some depression I started studying again and even got a coach and scored a 97% as I focused more on theory versus assessment/planning/treatment which is the bulk of the test. Finally, I leaned in. I focused on theory, diagnosing and I spent a large portion of my time on the rationales. I purchased AATBS and attempted to study both programs BUT TDC was far more clear and concise. I worked on my anxiety and approached the test less anxious this time around. I did my best with the knowledge I received from the TDC program and allowed GOD to do the rest! I believe TDC is far more superior than AATBS. I believe that AATBS just sends you a bunch of material-an excessive amount of information without a clear roadmap. Whereas TDC lays it all out for you and fully prepares you for this test. I could have saved so much money had I approached TDC differently. NEVERTHELESS, I PASSED! To God Be ALL the Glory!!!

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    TDC helped me prepare for the exam and feel confident in the test room!

    I passed my LMFT exam on the first try. TDC really prepared me, the mock exams were difficult and I thought I was not ready to take the LMFT exam (all my Mock exams were 60 or 61). Reality was I was overly prepared and needed to learn how to manage my anxiety with taking test and learn reading comprehension. The questions on the LMFT exam are similar to the Mock Exams. Stick to the program, have positive conversations with yourself and when in doubt take deep breaths to reset. You'll be surprised at how much you know. Review the mock exam rationals, and strategies on taking the test. They are really helpful!

    TDC provided very comprehensive study material for the clinical exam! I appreciated the study tips provided, the course format, and the practice tests really prepared me for the test (I felt the practice tests were a bit harder than the actual exam actually)! Definitely recommend this course.

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    The TDC prep course did a nice job of covering the knowledge topics that were on my MFT licensing exam, as well as significant preparation in understanding how to approach and think through problems. I also felt that the course did an excellent job of preparing me for the experience of taking this exam, including time management, and the experience of taking a long exam where it is difficult to assess how one is doing on any one problem or the exam as a whole. This really helped me to maintain focus and manage potential anxiety.

    Excellent approach to this marathon type of experience. Topics and the presentations (written, oral, and the ability to repeat topics and mock exams) were extremely helpful. Coaching was supportive, reliable, and top notch.

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    While the real exam was challenging, I feel the TDC mock was much more difficult! Which better prepared me to remain calm and “lean in” (as Amanda says) once I was taking my real exam. Thank you TDC!

    TDC's CA LMFT Clinician study program was excellent! The material was well organized and I love that the learning was via audio with accompanying visuals. I spent 1/2 of my studying time listening to and then reviewing the material and the other 1/2 completing the mock exams and reviewing the rationales. TDC's mocks were harder than the actual exam, which left me feeling pretty better than expected on exam day. Thank you TDC!

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    Thank you TDC for helping feel WAY more prepared to take the exam! The actual exam felt easier than the TDC Mock Exams. Thank you so much!!!!!