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

    Everything you need to know is in this study material, the audio will be playing in your head while testing!

    Great course with good materials and very pertinent information. Audios we’re very engaging.

    Thanks to TDC for going along in this journey with me.....I've finally passed the LCME exam!!!
    I had previously tried other study programs and unfortunately I was not successful with passing the LCME exam. This time I decided to go with TDC and I was successful and finally passed the LCME exam.
    Again, thank you TDC!!!
    Erika M. Frausto

    Thank you TDC! It was so nice not having to memorize the entire DSM! I feel the LMFT test is half knowledge and half critical thinking. Knowing the facts will help you narrow down the top 2 answers, but the critical thinking is what helps you choose the right one. I needed a lot of help with the last part and the audio rationales really helped.

    I heard about TDC from many peers in the field who highly praised it and I would concur with their experience!!! I had to take the exam 3 times in order to pass, but the TDC program did a great job preparing me and Robin was such an AMAZING and ENCOURAGING tutor!!!! She helped me tons!!

    This has been a long journey for licensure and today my journey has been completed. Thank you Amanda, Aysa for your support. TDC is with you until you pass, but more importantly they support you also with words of encouragement also.

    Today was the end of a long journey for licensure. TDC is committed to be with you until you pass. I was not one of the lucky ones who passed on the first try. I took me several times to do so. The one thing I can say to anyone who is on there way for licensure is keep at it and start believing in yourself. Follow all the tips to manage anxiety and bring in Amanda to your test. I was using this technique a lot and let me tell you it helps. I can go on praising TDC so I will end with a Thank you to Amanda, Aysa and the rest of the TDC staff.

    TDC course was very helpful. I used them for both the law and ethics exam and my clinical exam too! I passed both exams on the first try too! :) I really enjoyed the rationales and believe it was very helpful

    I finished the exam with an hour left. The testing material covered everything I needed to know. I used the information to make flash cards and found it helpful. The mock exams and the strategies were wonderful! Thank you!!

    This program more than prepared me for the exam. The exam itself was not as hard as the mock exams. I went through the program twice and felt confident when I walked into the exam and passed on my first attempt. Thank you TDC for the process and journey! I found the entire program well worth the money!! I enjoyed the lectures and the handouts as well as the quizzes and mock exams.

    This program (and the 1:1 tutoring provided) truly saved my life (literally and metaphorically). As someone who refused to "pay" for this program initially and thought I could do it on my own with some study books (and studied my butt off and yet still failed the exam the first time around), I RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT DO THAT! Seriously. IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND WANT TO PASS THE LMFT Clinical Exam BUY THIS PROGRAM! All of the other programs are knowledge-based, which you would think is what you need to know to prep for this exam. It's not. While this program adequately covers the knowledge, it more importantly teaches you HOW to take the test and knowing how to take the test is without a doubt the reason I passed round two. Also, as someone with severe anxiety and severe test anxiety, this program was helpful in decreasing that.

    TDC is an exceptional Study Program. Trust me, I used other study programs prior to TDC and failed the exam twice. I studied with TDC and just passed the exam today. Thank you Amanda and team for being there with me in the examination room. My heartfelt gratitude. Bernadette Tassone

    You guys rock. I actually learned the material.
    Thank you!

    I believe the material over prepared me for the test. The entire program was helpful and I went into the test confident. Thanks

    This system is so perfect: I love that the information is broken down into so many parts which makes it easy to take in. The combination of audio and quick studies allows for different ways to take info in which is effective. The mocks were KEY, but the final 2 were soooooo hard which rocked my confidence too close to test date BUT the test was a breeze by comparison so I was so glad in the end!

    I went through this program two times. I think everyone should go through this two times to prepare for the test. Doing Mock exams at the same time of the actual test helped me, too since my testing time was towards the late afternoon-evening. It prepared my brain how I would feel sitting 4 hours in the testing room! The actual test was easier than Mocks and I ended up to have 20 minutes left when I finished all questions. Of course I took a break and ate snacks, in the middle. Thank you Amanda for coming with me in the exam room!!

    Thank you so much for this helpful program and for the support I received from the coach.

    TDC prepared me to such an extent that the final exam was a lot easier than the final practice tests I did. I would much rather be over-prepared than under-prepared. Thanks TDC!

    I passed my exam on the first try using only TDC materials. As a new mom and a full time employee, it was very convenient to access these resources on my own schedule. Would highly recommend!

    This program not only prepares you to take and pass the exam but at the end of the day it makes you a more detailed therapist. I have been working 50 clients a week the past few years since the Camp Fire here in Northern California so my experience is high but I also know I have so much more to grow! Thank you ladies for pushing me to the next step of my career!