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 PASSED!!!! TDC was amazing!! It was a crazy journey but I’m so grateful I passed!!! When I received a 64% on the Final Mock II, I considered rescheduling, but knowing that I had followed the study guide and listened to the audios on my commute as much as I could, I chose to keep it!! The audios of the Mock Exams and Final Mock Exams really helped me!!! I loved TDC!!!! It was very organized, easy to follow, and I learned so much!!! I had Amanda’s voice in my head during the test and finished with just over 3 minutes left! The tips TDC provides helped me with time management. Thank you TDC and Amanda!!

    I completed the program in 6 weeks and passed the first time! I only used TDC.

    I believe this course should be required after completing a Master's program as it helps to consolidate all of the information learned during your studies. This course also helps to consolidate all the information you have gathered while attaining your 3000 hours of clinical experience. This course will definitely help you pass the LMFT exam and will reinforce your learning from all of your years of study and practice. I highly recommend it!

    After trying other programs, TDC helped me to PASS. I spent years with other programs with no good results. I am extremely grateful. Thank You So Much.

    TDC is all you need! I went through the entire program once. Despite being a nervous wreck and feeling like my mock scores were too low... TDC over-prepared me for the exam. I am so grateful for this program. The first half of the exam actually felt easy in comparison to the mocks. Believe in yourself and attack the test as Amanda says. I kept reminding myself to "lean in" when I got tired and it made a world of difference. Thank you TDC.

    I felt completely prepared for the exam and passed the first time! Amazing program!

    TDC did exactly as I hoped and prepared me to pass the exam. All the tips, tricks and study materials were excellent but most of all it built the confidence in me that I knew the material and I was going to pass.

    I could not have passed this exam without TDC. It is the best program. So grateful for TDC!

    I am SO grateful for this study guide. It was overwhelming thinking about how to effectively study for this exam, and Amanda did an amazing job making everything clear and concise and covering all the topics. I felt super confident going into the exam, whereas a few months prior I felt incredibly overwhelmed at the thought of taking it! Thanks TDC!

    TDC was extremely helpful! This was the only study tool I used and felt totally prepared to take the clinical exam!

    TDC is great because, if fully utilized, it over prepares you for the exam and covers everything you need to know to pass the exam. I have heard terrible things about some of the other study programs out there. I also used TDC for my Law and Ethics exam and passed that the first attempt too. Thank you so much TDC!!!

    Thank you for the excellent preparation! I could not have done this without TDC!

    I felt very prepared by using TDC's study program. I additionally found that the communication and support that was provided by Robin, helped to keep me grounded, and reassured.

    Robin was amazing. She was there to support me with passing my exam the entire time. I felt as if TDC was a part of my family. I would recommend TDC to everyone.

    Loved this course. It was interesting, well taught and easy to grasp, I felt very supported "virtually" by Amanda and Robin and I felt as confident as I could possibly feel going into such a difficult exam. This course really over-prepared which I was thankful for. I loved their test taking strategies and found that they really helped me in the moment when I took the exam. Amazing program, and worth every penny.

    Thank you for preparing me for this exam! I felt overall TDC covered most of the topics and I felt prepared enough following all of the advices from the program. Thank you to Robin for your quick response to calm my anxiety when I emailed about my uncertainties with my mock final scores and I was able to become more confident in myself.

    My clinical work is incredibly intense and demanding, so I didn't have much time or energy after work to study. I spent maybe 15 hours studying w/ TDC over the course of 2 weeks. I did not have time to utilize all of the material and had to prioritize. I was nervous the night before the test and didn't sleep at all. I felt like I was failing the test the whole time. My brain became exhausted halfway through, and I answered the last question with 1 minute left on the clock. Guess what? I STILL PASSED. The moral of the story is: Relax, you're going to pass. Thank you TDC!

    I had already completed the study series but the test was rescheduled. This happened another two times! Each time I would start to review the test would be canceled and I would have to reschedule. This time I was slow in reviewing and struggled to pass and finish the practice tests on time. I reviewed the rationales on the practice tests. Then I went back to the basics and reviewed Top 50+. This helped me grasp the mistakes I was making. I took the test yesterday and felt so calm and ready for whatever was on the test. TDC really prepared me to be able to think about the test, the strategies to find the correct answer and the skills to remain focused for whatever question I needed to answer.

    Awesome........ I passed!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have real test anxiety and a history of struggling with examinations of all kinds. TDC was very helpful in showing me how to read the questions, as well as eliminate the answers that are not correct. The process got me ready to pass the exam and stay grounded as well.
    I am so grateful for this study system! Thank you for making the end of this long journey positive!!