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 am a very nervous test taker. I know the material and study thoroughly, however, I get anxious no matter what I do. I loved the combination of audio recordings, practice exams, and worksheets that allowed me to study thoroughly through different methods. The program fully prepared me for the exam and I passed it on the first try! I do not know how anyone would ever pass this exam without TDC's training program. If you are on the fence about purchasing the program, it is worth its weight in gold. Very reasonably priced and was the reason I passed. I am so excited to be licensed and I know TDC had a huge part in this. Lastly, outside of the exam, the training was great to just refresh some things and learn new information as a clinician. Thank you TDC!

    I passed my exam today! I can't believe it. I can but I can't! I took the exam for the first time in July and I used Diane Geharts program and when I took the exam in July, I literally cried at the computer because I knew I wasn't going to pass. I felt so unprepared and like I had knew nothing on that exam. Using that program, looking back, I just didn't learn what I needed for this exam- how to rule out, and how to know what the test is testing to see if I know, making sure the answer relates back to the vignette- just so much that Amanda taught me. The test was bizarrely hard the first time.
    But today, after using your program, the test was easy, like insanely easy and I'm still trying to figure out how?! The final mock 1 exam was so much, way, harder than this. I couldn't believe it. I'm so grateful to God for this program. I took Amanda with me and I heard her strategizing through each question. If it was too hard, I did what she said and went to the next question so not to waste too much time. I finished the exam with 50 minutes left on the clock. The final mock exams 1 & 2, I was actually going over time, so how I finished with an hour left over, all God and this study program!
    I can finally breathe! Thank you guys so much!

    I passed with the help of TDC. The material was reviewed in a way that made it simple to follow as well as logical. The part that helped the most was the discussions about why answers are correct.

    Thank you, TDC, for preparing me to pass the exam on my first attempt! I appreciated the practical and effective test-taking strategies you taught in the course, in addition to the overall content of the exam. I think that the HOWs of strategically lean in and tackling the exam questions, not just WHAT to study for, helped improve the likelihood I passed the first round. I’m celebrating this weekend!

    This course helped me so much in preparing for the exam. I recommend to all studying for the LMFT exam.

    Thanks to the TDC team, I passed my CA MFT Clinical Exam on the first attempt. TDC’s methodical approach to studying went a long way. While I didn’t completely adhere to study structure, I am certain that using these materials likely boosted my score by nearly 20 points. The materials taught me how to think about the test and how to choose answers as if I were in the room with the client, in that moment. This was very vital to my success. The mock exams were spot-on; the vignettes on the mock exam were nearly identical (structured the same way) to the ones on the exam. This too, helped me to select my answers wisely. While all the materials were very useful and good for review as a refresher, the mock exams (sitting for 2 - 4 hours) really allowed me to get into test-taking mode, which ultimately led me to passing the test on the first try. This was a journey for me- at least a decade in the making and TDC helped me accomplish my goal of passing my clinical exam in just a few short months.

    I am happy that I was able to learn so much and prepare for the function of taking the exam with this system! I trusted the system since using it for the law and ethics exam, and had faith it would give me good support for the clinical exam! Thank you so much TDC for the resources and the support!

    I highly recommend this study system. This study system really prepared me for the clinical exam and I passed it.

    This test prep is the best test prep by far! I had previously done another test prep and it was all about memorization. This test prep actually taught me concepts and helped me to think better as a therapist. It far exceeded my expectations and the advice is essential. I actually ENJOYED studying for the exam this time because I really felt like I was learning the materials. And I passed! I had confidence and my time management went really well. This course is well worth every penny.

    This program helped me pass both the law and ethics and clinical exam. I’m very grateful to the TDC for the helpful study materials.

    TDC covered all areas of studying and helped with me feeling prepared and confident going into such a high anxiety and stressful exam.

    I prepared for this exam for about 7 weeks with in and off preparation. It was extremely difficult to manage with working two jobs, maintaining a fit lifestyle and balancing life! I stopped studying for weeks and felt so disillusioned at the thought of just not passing and all it did was put me in a very tricky and unhelpful place. Still, with a great support system and my own determination to not give up I was able to study again for a full weekend and that was all that I needed. I passed with 30 minutes to spare and I was just flying through every single question. Thank you so much to this wonderful program, I will continue to highly recommend it to all of my colleagues.

    I used this TDS LMFT Clinical Exam prep exclusively, and I passed the California LMFT exam the first time! Money and time well-spent. I recommend this to any AMFT who is looking for a comprehensive preparation for what is a challenging, life-changing exam. You want to pass. The TDS prep system is a key factor in accomplishing that.

    I recommend an hour session with one of the coaches if you struggle with mock exams. They will help you recognize your patterns and share tips on how to read/understand the questions. Upon taking the exam, TDC mock exams were more challenging than the actual clinical exam.

    I highly recommend this program for all individuals who want to become licensed. Best program to pass the test, the materials very organized and helpful, the advice from the coaches extremely helpful, if one follows the program accordingly, chances of passing is very high.

    10/10 Recommend. I went through the program once, taking notes. From there I made flash cards and read through my notes twice. I passed the exam my first time, which is something that usually does not happen for me. Test anxiety usually gets the best of me and I have to retake at least once. With TDC I felt more than prepared for the exam. Thank you so much for this program; honestly could not have done it with out you.

    It was so helpful in helping me prepare for the wording of questions on the exam and to be mentally prepared for the way the questions are formatted as well as the length!

    Thank you to TDC to walking me through the steps needed to really learn how to approach the clinical exam. I felt very well prepared, and am very happy to have passed on my first try. I would recommend this program to anyone!

    TDC adequately prepared me to pass my LMFT Clinical Exam. I do believe the mock exams were more challenging than the actual exam. This gave me confidence throughout the exam and made me feel a sense of peace while testing.

    Thank you so much for the support in helping me pass.