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 first time! I'm thankful for TDC's excellent preparation. I don't have time to waste in my life, so I especially liked how TDC's program is so efficient. When I didn't do as well as I wanted in the final mocks, I arranged a coaching session with Asya, which was invaluable. The exam itself was very tricky, but TDC's caution that most of us feel as though we're failing kept me unflustered and focused. I'm grateful to all at TDC.

    I passed the exam on the first try! I switched to TDC from a different prep course at the recommendation of a friend who used TDC. The tutorials, mock exams and ability to print out the completed mock exams to study the rationales was extremely helpful. My test anxiety was sky high on the way to the test site but I listened to the Pep Talk and that really helped. I think the reason this program is so effective is because this prep course is developed and delivered by real therapists who have been in the same shoes. Thank you TDC for an excellent prep course.

    TDC did a wonderful job of introducing the content material from several angles. I genuinely enjoyed listening to all the lectures, and what I loved most was how clear Amanda's lectures were. They were so well organized, and extremely precise and to the point. Most importantly, I did not feel like I was doing this on my own. Amanda created a wonderful structure, where I felt contained as a student, and took the elements of the container into the test during the day. I followed all of the course material to the T, and did exactly as instructed in the courses. I HIGHLY recommend this course. It truly was a great experience! THANK YOU.

    I chose this program for the high ratings and word of mouth within our therapist community. I wasn't sure if I was a "listening to lectures" type of person. Previously I used another study program for Law and Ethics and it consisted of practice exams and books. Although I did well with that model, I excelled with this audio model. I took Amanda's voice into my exam and I passed on the first try with 45 minutes to spare. I went into the exam with confidence and radical acceptance. I had a coaching session with Asya, which is a great idea because we discussed strategy, which is the KEY to passing this tough exam. This is a far superior program to the others out there and I will continue to be a customer/student here and am looking into purchasing the Structural Family Therapy model to further develop my clinical skills. Thanks TDC!

    I went through the program twice. Followed the instructions exactly how they were given for the schedule and tested right when the program ended. This was so helpful! Thank you for helping me pass! Passed on the first time!

    Thank you so much, for fully preparing me!

    Thank you so much TDC for success in both the exams in less than six months... and thank you very much Asya and Rubin for helping along the way. I'm Super excited

    TDC Community, listen up, this program works! I didn't pass because of my work schedule as a 24/7 crisis community clinician and my poor study scheduling. I'll be back in 120 days.

    Awesome exam prep! I felt very well prepared for the test and thought it was much easier than the practice tests.

    This test is not easy but TDC helped me understand every aspect of this test and make me feel more confident .

    TDC has been very supportive of my studies to pass my Clinical test. I highly recommend TDC for your study program. It fully covers all treatment areas that will be presented on the test. .





    I was desperate … I had used other education programs and failed the test twice. After purchasing The Therapist Development material, I still failed one more time. I finally blocked off certain hours for study and repeatedly took the practice tests. I listened to the audio over and over and studies the hard copy documents. I passed and felt it was mostly because of the time and energy I put into studying. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    I purchased both Gerry Grossman and TDC due to several people expressing that GGs test were very similar to the clinical exam. However, TDC material was straight to the point; it taught me how to answer the clinical exam questions and the mock exams definitely prepared me to pass. I recommend going over the rationales several times days before your scheduled exam. Thanks for the learning experience TDC.

    I took my exam today. It was tough. I have to say, I was worried but I am so thankful and cannot express my gratitude for this study program! Amanda, your program does not compare to any other! I felt Therapist Development Center was such an incredible asset of study material! It gave me confidence I lacked and so much more! From the intricate reasoning and questioning in the mock exams to the studying of the different areas required for the exam, Therapist Development Center was exactly in line with what I needed to know to pass my California LMFT Clinical and L & E Exams! Thank you for everything!!!!!

    The course was amazing! Lecture was helpful and easy to understand. I would listen to the lecture while doing my daily tasks of cleaning or cooking when ever i had the chance. I would also like to note that having the 2nd mock exam was extremely helpful. Thank you!

    I liked the program. I thought it came with quality preparation materials and THEY MADE SENSE!!! I was able to listen to some of the other test preparation materials from other companies, and I liked the way Amanda explained things. For me the way she explained the material just made sense. The quizes and tests were good as well. I also did a phone coaching session which really helped. I wish there would have been more quizes to pracitce. But one of the things I did notice, was that the mock tests on TDC felt more difficult and I felt had longer vignette's than on the actual test. Which I actually really appreciated, because it felt better going into the test expecting longer vignettes, and getting shorter ones, then doing it the other way around, in other words, when all was said and done, the tests that TDC did include I felt over prepared me for the real test, which I really appreciated.

    I have major exam anxiety on top of attention issues. TDC supported me and extended my study times way past their expiration and I was finally able to get to the point to pass the first time around.

    The Therapist Development Center prep courses came highly recommended from many different people I know who took the course and passed the first time. I purchased the L&E prep course, studied it twice and passed the LMFT L&E exam the first time! Four years later, my hours were approved by the BBS and I was approved to take the LMFT clinical exam. I purchased the prep course, studied it twice and passed the LMFT clinical exam the first time! I haven't taken another prep course so I can't compare. However, I know interns who have taken other prep courses and failed the exam. I always recommend them to try the TDC course and share my experience. The courses not only prepare you for the exam but, prepare you to be a skilled, ethical professional.

    Thank you TDC for helping me pass my LMFT licensing exam! I found the structured step-by-step approach very helpful in attaining, and retaining knowledge necessary for the exam. TDC prepares your brain for test taking success as well as test-day anxiety management tactics. I felt confident and going into test day, and I came out feeling perhaps almost over-prepared. So, I passed the exam! Yay! More Importantly, I have the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed/sound clinical judgements when presented with difficult issues with clients. Thanks TDC, You help people help people;)