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

    The mock tests were very helpful and helped me with time management. I had 40 minutes remaining on the actual test after answering all the questions. I had time to review my answers and didn't change any of them. I would suggest test takers hydrate before taking the test, especially if they don't plan to take a break. I did have a light breakfast so that helped. I arrived early and they asked if I wanted to go ahead and begin. My appointment was to begin at 10:30 am and I began at 9:45 am. It was nice to take the exam at a location that was not far from where I reside. Thank you so much for sticking with me until I passed!

    I have always had extreme anxiety around test-taking. TDC, not only taught me the material for the clinical examination, but also guided me through the anxiety. I followed the plan and was delighted to pass on my first time. Thank you!

    TDC got me beyond ready for the exam! The full mocks really prep you for the real deal, that the actual state exam felt easier than the two full mocks provided! Thank you for keeping me on my toes and helping me reach my goal of licensure!!!

    It's difficult to give a testimonial for TDC without detailing all the reasons why AATBS is horrible. TDC has a nuanced and specific understanding of the lmft exam and it was evident in the first audio introduction. AATBS mindlessly over prepares you for DSM diagnosis and under-prepares you for the generic and frustrating questions that make up the majority of the test. If I had gotten lucky and chosen TDC instead of AATBS I would have passed the first time.

    I would absolutely recommend this study material. I had the opportunity to view a friend's study material from another company and I felt that it gave so much information that was not relevant to the exam. TDC did a great job of covering a ton of material but kept it relevant to the exam specifically. I bought this material specifically for studying for this exam and it gave me what I needed. Overall I think it's exactly what I needed to pass my exam the first time through.

    I passed the first time! TDC lays out exactly what I needed to study in a well planned order, provides outlines, and the audios were incredibly helpful to listen to! I took advantage of a tutoring session with Asya and wished I had done it sooner! She was amazing and extremely helpful! The customer service is excellent, and they always got back to me quickly. They really want to help you pass! I highly recommend TDC!

    This program is EVERYTHING! I was terrified to take my exam because of all the horror stories I heard. As soon as the first question popped up on the screen I heard Amanda’s voice and I told myself “You got this.” I saw other programs and their question structure and I must say TDC is spot on. TDC really prepares you for the exam. Amanda breaks everything down and you know exactly what to look for. It’s worth every penny. And I can’t thank you all enough! Amanda and all the other coaches... all the time and effort you put in to this... you guys are amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

    I used TDC to prepare for both the MFT Law & Ethics exam, as well as the clinical exam- and passed both on the first time around. For the clinical exam, I listened to the lectures multiple times, took my own notes, as well as used the quick-studies for exam prep. I scored in the mid 70s on the 3 mocks, did not do so well on the first "final mock" which is meant to be harder than the actual exam, and leave you somewhat over-prepared- after taking this mock, I reached out to Asya, one of the coaches, and she was wonderful. After an hour of coaching I felt significantly more prepared, as well as confident, and ended up scoring an 82 on the last "final mock." Figuring out the areas you need to brush up on and noticing your patterns in how you answer (either correctly or incorrectly) was also essential for me. After extensive review of the mock exams and the hour of coaching, I had a much better understanding of what I needed to do in order to improve my score. The TDC strategies taught throughout the course are extremely helpful- and work! Managing time effectively is essential, as is finding ways to cope with & reduce test related anxiety. Thank you TDC! I felt pretty good (albeit a bit nervous) into my exam on the morning of, and am grateful to have passed and now have my license. I reminded myself to breathe, take my eyes of the screen periodically, and have trust in the knowledge I gained, as well as the strategies I could employ. I highly recommend this program to anyone that's about to start exam prep!

    After failing the MFT L&E, I purchased TDC and then passed. I passed my clinical exam on the first try with TDC. I love how this program not only provides the information that you need to know for your exam but it also tells you how to manage your time and organize yourself in the process of studying. The mocks exams and rationale were super helpful. The test taking strategies were priceless for me as I tend to not do well on multiple choice exams. It was a great investment and well worth the money.

    TDC organized the pertinent information in an easy to follow and use program. I appreciated the way things were broken up to study in easily digestible pieces. I felt well informed on the material, as well as tips to identify the best item of the choices. The mock tests and exams are challenging, which was beneficial to prep for the real thing. Thank you so much for this indispensable service! I don’t think I could have done it without TDC!

    I used TDC for the MFT Law and Ethics and Clinical Exam and I passed first try on both. I felt very prepared going into each test and was able to use the strategies during the exams. I highly recommend TDC!

    This study guide was absolutely phenomenal. I passed the clinical exam on my first try! THE greatest feeling ever! And I can confidently say it's because I chose this study system. I am referring everyone I know to this!

    I used TDC for both Law and Ethics and the Clinical MFT Exam. I felt very anxious and as if I would not pass either exam, but happily passed both on the first try. I have recommended it to others who are taking the clinical exam.

    This program helped me feel confident entering the exam because I was familiar with the question format and specific wording to look out for. I also appreciated the techniques and suggestions that I learned throughout the study program. I highly recommend this program to you if you’re preparing for licensure.

    I felt very prepared for the test after taking this course - I went through the program twice and followed the recommendations. Also, I very much appreciated access to coaches. Asya was encouraging and thoroughly explained a few topics I struggled with.

    My test was cancelled and reschedule twice during the pandemic! TDC was so helpful in granting as many extensions as I needed. The material is well organized and there tips/strategies do come in so handy during test day! Thank you so much!

    TDC was amazing and helped me through the process to get licensed. I felt the entire course is designed to over prepare you for the real exam!!!!

    Aside from general information provided, TDC give you the tools to know how to answer questions. I felt more confident during my exam that I chose the strongest answer and was able to correct mistakes with the tips TDC provided. The study material was concise and to the point. I had another service that provided to much extraneous and irrelevant information to the actual exam. TDC helped me pass my Law and Ethics exam and now my licensing exam. I highly recommend investing in this program.

    I had a great experience with TDC. The didactic materials were easy to follow and actually interesting, and the rigor of the mock exams truly prepared me to sit for the full four hour exam without feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Amanda, Asya, and Robin are amazing!

    TDC has been GREAT! It came highly recommended to me and I highly recommend it to others too. I appreciate the study materials. I appreciate the L&E quizzes and charts, the MOCKS were scary but helpful to provide the experience of taking a 4-HOUR EXAM! (Which is the equivalent of a trip from LA to Las Vegas!)

    I didn't take full advantage of the program resources such as the coaching but I am grateful for the opportunity to use TDC to assist with my studying and preparation for the LMFT Clinical Exam.

    Thank you TDC!