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 thought of "sitting" with a 4 hour exam was daunting. TDC provided a clear and focused process of study; which included emotional, academic and theoretical support!!!
    I am totally thrilled and grateful!!!
    Thank you for your assistance.
    Judy Bensinger Haynes

    Great program better then the others I have used.

    I used TDC to prepare for both my Law and Ethics and clinical exam. They helped me every step of the way, broke down the studying into manageable chunks of time and thoroughly prepared me to pass. I did both exams the first time. Thank you TDC!!!!

    This was my 3rd time taking the CCE. I can honestly say that if you follow the TDC program as it is & follow Amanda instructions in reviewing the information for a second time the scores on the Mock exams improve greatly. Overall, this program is harder than the actual exam. I’m just so grateful that this journey is over. I am so grateful to God for giving the strength not to give up.

    I feel like TDC really prepared me. I struggled with time management going over the time by 20-30 minutes on the practice exams. I also felt like I was not scoring high enough and my anxiety was off the charts. I contacted a TDC coach and Asya was super helpful with time management, anxiety and helping me work through reading comprehension. I'm super grateful for this program and so happy that the exam is behind me.

    Thank you so very much TDC!!! This is my 2nd attempt at the California Clinical Exam. I used a different review course and walked out of the 1st attempt thinking, "that was not the exam I studied for." I knew there was a missing piece to my exam preparation. When I found TDC by accident I knew it was what I needed to prepare. Thank Goodness I found TDC!!! I read the testimonials and knew it was important to follow the course outline step by step. I took the first final mock and scored a 54. I ran past the 4 hours and rushed to finish in the allotted time. I reached out to Asya and she gave me some fantastic coaching!!!
    My quiz scores were 68/83. My mock scores were 71/62/71. I did not take mock test II. I reviewed the rationals after mock I, feeling quite defeated. I meditated and realized I needed to "commit." I kept my original test date and passed!!! I have been out of school for 20 years and am coming from Texas with an LPC license. This was the hardest exam I have ever had including getting my MBA. Thank you Amanda and Asya!!! Bring your juice and piece of fruit/fruit roll up for a break! It worked Thank you so much TDC!!!

    This program is excellent, and I highly recommend it for anyone preparing to study for their exam. The audio recordings, exams, and handouts were all very helpful, in helping me to pass my clinical exam. Thank you to Amanda, and the coaches for putting this program together, and for always being so quick to respond.

    I am so grateful to TDC !!! I feel that the reason I was able to pass both my Law & Ethics exam and my Clinician MFT exam is solely due to the use of this program. Not only was I given tools for the exams, but I also learned information that I did not know in both programs (Law/Ethics & Clinical Exam) which can only serve to make me a better clinician. I would & will recommend this program to all!!!!! I have major test anxiety, and with Amanda in my head, I was able to stay positive and confident.
    Thank you, TDC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I passed the BBS Clinical Exam on July 5th. Thank you TDC for the program and the information imparted. The BBS exam was tough. It's true that you have to surrender to the uncertainty of how you are doing on the exam and take each question one by one and leave the previous question behind. I went through the TDC program twice plus listened to the audios over and over. The top 50 topics are invaluable. Especially, in relationship to the initial, middle and end phases of treatment planning and how to eliminate wrong answers. I followed the program and strategies in regards to eating, working out, breaks and bringing snack to the exam. After the Final Mock 1 (its a tough one) I reached out to the coach for some feedback and the response was immediate and helpful. TDC condenses your grad school into manageable pieces and you will learn. Thank you TDC.

    Fantastic program! The structure was invaluable to maintaining balance in my life, helping me to consistently run through the program reviewing everything we learned becoming therapists, after long days of being a therapist. I ran through it one time, 7 weeks, and took a 3-week break due to personal needs; even with the break, I was able to peruse Quick studies and review parts I felt less strong on (based on self-evaluation from the Mock exams) in just the week prior to my test, and I still passed!

    The way it was organized helped me move through the concepts easily, and as a result of studying and taking a day off and then studying again, I started to see things play out at work that I was studying, helping integrate the concepts I needed to know and making the studying feel concrete. It also alleviated much of the anxiety about "being a good clinician;" we all know that's not what this exam is testing, but the anxiety is real anyway. Thank you to Amanda and the TDC team for such a comprehensive, easy to use, and thorough study experience. Yay!

    Thanks TDC for the amazing and complete study program and support!
    Thanks Robin for always getting back to me so quickly! It was very helpful to take two final mocks at the end to pinpoint the strategies I needed to pay attention and when: anxiety management (before and during the exam); pace during the exam (especially in the beginning); tools to use to re-focus during the exam (star fish; long exhale; look away for a second, 5 min break at question 100, etc).
    In addition, I did hypnotherapy to assist with the anxiety related to taking the exam. It was very helpful too!

    TDC was my go-to study guide for the MFT Legal & Ethical exam. I passed that exam and knew that TDC would be the best for helping me pass my MFT Clinical Exam. I felt supported the whole way during my studying. More than anything, I felt prepared. I even had a few moments during the exam when I knew I was getting the answer right because I followed the encouraging words of Amanda and TDC to help me get through all of the exam questions.

    I took my Clinical Exam last week for the first time and PASSED!!! I feel as though TDC prepared me SO well to pass the actual exam! The Mock exams REALLY helped, and checking in with the coaches was invaluable. I was uncertain whether my scores were up to par, but then was assured that I was scoring within normal limits in order to feel confident about the actual exam. I really struggled with my timing on the Mock exams. I took 4.5 hours for Mock Exam I and then 4 HRS and 10 minutes for Mock II. I wrote to Asya, who provided me a timeline to follow in order to remain on track. I also REALLY appreciated the tips around remaining calm, marking answers no matter what, and taking a break. This test is too important, and I would spend the money again in order to gain my licensure!

    Thanks for your help! I was worried I might not pass, but when I actually sat down for the exam I felt over prepared, and ended with lots of time to spare.

    The audio lectures were very helpful. I felt more confident going in to the exam after taking the mock exams as well. The last pep talk was really helpful too.

    This was my second attempt at the California Clinical Exam and I am very pleased with the preparation provided by this program. In my first attempt, I was unprepared and studied the wrong way. These materials covered a lot of content and especially helped prepare me for how to attack the test rather than get beat down by the complexity and difficulty of the questions. I chose to go through the program twice to ensure I was as prepared as possible and it paid off. Would recommend this program to all of my friends and colleagues.

    I passed my clinical exam on my first try using TDC! I was nervous going into the test, but I was able to draw on the strategies I learned from TDC, and general felt pretty confident during the test. The mock exams in the course were excellent! At times during the actual test I had a bit of deja vu because the questions on the test were so similar to the questions in the mocks.
    Although the TDC materials are not cheap, at the end of the day they are totally worth it.

    I want to thank you for your well designed MFT Clinical Exam Prep Program and for standing behind me until I passed the exam. Your study program was truly the best I've ever used!

    TDC is a comprehensive program that not only prepares you for the MFT Clinical Exam, but helps you synthesize and review all of the information you have acquired as an AMFT over the years. I felt very prepared and confident taking this exam and recommend this program to everyone taking the MFT Clinical Exam. Thank you, TDC!

    Thank you. It's over. I passed, first try. You were not kidding when you said it would feel like I was failing the entire time. It was an out of body experience to discover I had passed. I can finally start my life. Thank you thank you.