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

    Outstanding program!

    Trust the program. I was nervous because I felt like I knew the material but the quizzes and tests didnt know that I scored below 70 on the quizzes and below 58 on Mock1 67 on Mock1 but I trusted what the program said. One of the things that helped me during the exam was remembering that I would probably have moments of feeling like I had no clue what I was doing or if I was going to pass but I remembered that the ambivalence was normal. I followed the suggestions, lean in, breathe, eliminate two, which of the last two cover everything in the stem?, pick one and move on. Just trust the process and remain calm!!! Thank you TDC

    I passed! I got TDC earlier this year and used it for the Law and Ethics Exam and after passing it, I purchased the study package for the clinical exam. What a journey this has been for me and my family. TDC prepares you to the fullest! Listen to Amanda and all that she tells you....remember to not step foot into the "maybe-land." Stay focused and know that you can do it!

    Was nervous to take my exam however once I was there I felt over prepared and finished 30 minutes early. Thanks TDC!

    This program is amazing! I am all about organization and structure and this program is all about that. I like how it is set up into into different categories and steps that you check off as you complete them. It is true when they say is set to over prepare you for the actual exam. You will not feel over prepared when taking the final mock exams, but once you are taking the real exam you will be relieved. Thanks TDC!

    In retrospect I can see how well the course prepared men to sail through the "dreaded exam".
    Can't imagine taking the test with out this preparation!

    This is an amazing program. I truly believe that it is the reason I was able to take and pass this exam. I am a very anxious test taker and have had a very hard time with testing in the past. This program not only solidifies your knowledge of the material necessary, but it truly prepares you for the actual test taking. The mock exams are extremely hard (I didn't do particularly well on any of them--so don't get discouraged!), but I believe taking the mocks, reviewing the rationales, learning from them, and applying what I learned to the next mock is the reason I PASSED!!! I felt comfortable with the process of reading these questions and managing my time during a 4 hour exam. I also cannot say enough good things about the coaches, they respond quickly and are so encouraging. Thank you so much!!!

    TDC is the only thing I used to study. I felt prepared and passed the test on the first try. I have historically had really bad anxiety around test taking, and this program helped me review the material and develop the mindset necessary for success!

    This study package will certainly over-prepare you for the exam. You will be ready to pass. I found it helpful to go through the material 2x, once thoroughly (taking notes, pausing, reviewing) and the second time listening throughout the days leading up to the exam (in the car, while doing other things, etc). I found the audio reviews for the practice tests most helpful for exam. The coaches are extremely helpful, ask them your questions.

    I am very satisfied with the TDC course for the CA clinical exam. I would absolutely recommend this for anyone taking the exam. I felt very prepared, if not over-prepared which is better than the alternative. I cannot thank TDC enough, especially Robin who coached me through this exam as well as the National Exam that I recently passed. Thank you for it all!

    I loved the way this course trained me to think about the material. I had a meltdown during and after taking the mock exams, but I felt totally prepared on the day of the exam. I am thrilled that I passed on my first attempt, and I'm ecstatic that I am now a licensed marriage and family therapist. Thank you, TDC! I will recommend this course to all of my therapist friends who are preparing for their exam.

    I felt really prepared and confident when I completed my exam. I appreciated being able to reach out to a coach to help me with a time management timeline. I would recommend this program to everyone. Thank you!

    I really like the way that this program is set up. All the people that I know are using this system.

    I used TDC and it helped me in every way to pass my exam today! Thank you! It feels so great to be done with this long hard journey! Cheers TDC family..


    Thank you for this program, it was amazing in preparing me for the MFT Clinical exam in California.

    Finished my masters program in 2012 with 6 months left to go I took in my sisters children 2.3,4 at the time now, 11,12,13. I was blessed with parenting and raising these children and in result has to put my goals on the back burner even receiving a second intern number. I first went with AATBS it’s what my
    College used in 2012. A friend in 2018 told me try Gerry Grossmen, I couldnt figure out the logic of the tricks. After not passing twice I was discouraged and started new employment. My boss is an LMFT and she said try TDC I promise you will love it and you will pass. Listen to Amanda??? Who is Amanda? Well, Little did I know that Amanda was the best friend anyone could ever have during this exam process and her method stuck with me, even through the test! I’m hands on so being able to take notes and listen to rationales while having test in front of me helped. The kids would ask, “ what did Amanda say today”. My test was backed up to the end of October the 29th to be exact and the day before I had a plan and everything you could think of went wrong including having to switch hotels. So I ended up at 6pm looking over the papers I put aside for the day before and finishing the mock 1 and review. I made it to the final mock 2 but had to click through it because my eyes were burning. I finally put aside used eye drops and had to trust myself. Next day morning jitters I woke up showered and went over one page to get in the mode and felt positive, prepared, and ready! I was going to conquer my fears of test taking and today was the day! Started test my chest felt heavy at one point so I closed my eyes said a prayer, breathed a couple times and pressed on. By 100 I was ready for my banana and Gatorade and bathroom break, literally doing jumping jacks in the hall way of excitement that I was almost done!!! Coming into the final 10 questions I feel my heart beating rapidly practically
    Jumping out of my chest. Question 170 done:)!! Only 2 marked went back like Amanda said was able to find something different in the questions stem and DONE! I finished! The lady in the front reminded me of Mrs. Claus with her cheery disposition, however she turned my paper over and showed no emotion. I picked it up and the word pass started the water works that was long overdue. I went in the hall dropped to my knees and thanked God and Amanda for helping me get over my own fear of failure! My life has changed for the better and already has opened up more doors. Going into this journey I didn’t know my husband would also have a bad accident and become 100 percent disabled. This test had more meaning than words can express, but I’ll tell ya” it was marked as one of the best days in my life that I will be able to continue to support and care for my family and make a difference in the lives of others!
    Thank you So much for the guidance and the Audios! Best program ever to date in my book! No doubt when people ask what program to use that to I will always recommend TDC!!!

    OMG!!!! I am so happy with TDC and the staff!! I was so nervous and everything that happened just as you guys said it would!!! I literally had Amanda's voice in my head thinking about how each answer would hold up and I remember thinking...Hmm...Amanda would say that answer is not strong enough!!! Haha!!! So Happy!! You guys are the best!!! I passed on my first try!!!

    This program is so well put together! I have referred several therapists! It's evident that
    Amanda knows what she's doing! The program is comprehensive. She has covered EVERY detail! Amanda has put a lot of time and effort into making you feel as if she is with you every step of the way. She has a great knowledge of how people learn. She says that exercise is a MUST and she is absolutely right! The quick studies were a great help. The strategy talk toward the end of the program, hearing from the two coaches, (Reading the question before the vignette) was a complete GAME CHANGER!!!! That strategy helped me to read the stem through the lens of what was being asked. Also, being told to avoid "Maybeland" Obviously I can't say enough!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! <3

    I feel like TDC over prepared me which I am very grateful. I took every mock exam and review the questions I had wrong. I was able to use the strategies and pass my exam the first time.

    Due to Covid-19 testing restraints, Person Vue had limited testing availability. I had only two options, 7 weeks out, or over 3 months out. I opted for a test date that was only 7 weeks out and had not started any test prep. I purchased TDC immediately and was able to follow their study timeline pretty closely. Letting them determine when and for how long I would study relieved so much stress and prevented me from overworking myself. I felt very well prepared for the test and finished with extra time to review a few flagged questions. Thanks TDC!