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

    Using this study course definitely added some confidence in passing the exam the first time, and it was a refresher for some things I had not touched on in a while as well. I definitely used a lot of the techniques reviewed and found them helpful during exam time, like writing down the breakdown for times/questions was a good tip.

    I struggled with timing and once I shifted focusing on practicing the mocks then I was able to pass. Thanks TDC for supporting me through this journey to pass.

    TDC has been there for me for both examinations and prepared me well enough to pass first try for both. I highly recommend and really appreciate the resource.

    I really enjoyed this study program. I had a little less than 2 months to study and although it seemed daunting, the study material was very accurate to what the exam was like.

    I'm very satisfied with the way TDC prepared me to pass the test, which I did on my first try. There were no surprises on the test, nothing that wasn't covered in the study materials. I would definitely recommend it to anyone trying to pass this important difficult test!!

    This course was for me a lifesaver, I do not always study well with others, although I did have some support in that area with a very useful mentor. This course teaches you how to think not what to memorize, although there is some memorization it is more about how to think to solve a real world problem since not everything can be covered in school or in obtaining your hours. Definitely would recommend to anyone wanting to pass.

    I really enjoyed TDC !
    I found it to be a thorough representation of what to expect on exam day. The strategies really helped me to pass. Also taking that small break helped … I had a few bites of a banana and it got me through till the end. I never did that before, but you guys were right it made all the difference!

    My Supervisor recommended this program and I am so thankful. I passed first try by following the program as directed. I felt prepared and confident.

    Definitely feel TDC overprepared me for the MFT exam. The mock exams were much harder, in my opinion, than the actual test.

    I used TDC for the Law & Ethics Exam and now again for the CA MFT Clinical Exam. I will say that had I not used these study materials I would NOT have passed. The test is about knowledge, and it's also about looking for clues to rule out answers when none of the answers look promising, and also how to TRAIN YOUR BRAIN to be able to focus clearly for 4 hours with the complexity of the majority of questions - and 170 in 4 hours is a lot. I broke my timing down even further into 30 minute increments after realizing in Final Mock 1 I wasn't going to make it! Final Mock 1 was a HUGE wake-up call for me and that knowledge helped me realize the areas I needed to focus on to pass the exam. I thought that the real exam was as challenging as the Final Mock 1. Thank you TDC for helping me pass the FIRST time!! Could not have done it without you :-)

    I'm usually good at taking tests, but found the Clinical Exam to be particularly challenging. I followed the TDC program in about 4-6 weeks, got a little nervous towards the end and had a 1:1 with one of their coaches. It was all really helpful. So despite some low scores on the final mockups, I felt very confident when completing the exam and I nailed it. Thanks TDC crew for helping me go over the finish line on this!

    This test prep helped me not only with knowing what to focus on to study, but how to think about the test. I was so anxious going in, but feel this prepared me adequately in taking the test and passed on the first time!! I am recommending this to all of my peers.

    This is the program that will prepare you to pass. I felt as many that nervousness around taking this test. I was able to utilize all the materials, review areas that I needed more prep around such as theories, and listen to the pep talk several times to give me the coaching to feel as calm as you can knowing the stakes. I never used any other materials for prep, however I would recommend this program to anyone. My only concern is that they do not have an LPCC program for law and ethics and their clinical exam which I am taking in the near future.

    As a person who always feels inadequately prepared I trusted the TDC and the methods of study no matter how I felt and passed on the first try! The materials and presentation of such was so easily accessible I never took a day off work to study and even took a one week break to go camping - figuring that my mental health and enjoyment in life was paramount to internalizing what I needed in this test and I can say that all payed off! Thank you so much for Amanda and the rest of the team who got me through both my California Law and Ethics test as well as the Clinical exam. I will never forget this experience and will forever be recommending the TDC for all study material!

    I unfortunately did not calculate the time needed to be fully prepared. However, TDC adequately prepared me to pass on my first attempt. The material is user friendly. It was a challenging decision which prep to select, but I have no regrets because it’s a very good program. I did it!!! Thank you TDC!!!

    Thank you for the study material and helping me pass the LMFT clinical exam. Reviewing it all a second time was extremely helpful in my experience.

    Sonia Salazar

    Awesome program!

    3rd times a charm! After not passing it was nice being able to continue my studies. It was 1 less thing I had to worry about which was a relief. Also being able to talk to the coaches on the phone made me feel like I was taken. If I had any questions they were able to direct me in the right direction. Im happy I finally can say I passed!!!

    This program is by far a GEM. I had previously had another one that was horrible and very expensive. This program is the one you need to use your skills, strategy and knowledge to pass.

    TDC helped me successfully pass the MFT Clinical Exam on my first attempt! Amanda's way of thoroughly explaining the material is sublime! I felt prepared and super confident during the exam. The rationals and mock exams extremely helpful as well! I have recommended this program to several of my colleagues. Thank you TDC!!!!