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 want to thank Robin of whom I have been in contact with over the entire period of time I have had this program she has been very helpful with tips and support when needed. Though had an individual coaching session with Asya on 2/14/2019 and she had a lot of wonderful tips and ideas that I think helped me see some of the questions a little differently. This programs works whether you take it once or more than once they will help you until you pass! So excited to be able to say I have completed my goal finally! :) Happy studying and good luck to all!

    TDC has been amamzing!!! I love the organization and how you can complete the steps at your own pace. TDC definitely over prepares you for the test, but I’ve learned so much and feel even that much more confident with my theories. I highly recommend using TDC for your studying!

    I used TDC to study for my Law & Ethics and it was very helpful. I felt the information provided was relevant to the actual test and I was able to bring in the voice and use the information and techniques during my test. I used TDC also for my Clinical exam. The first time i felt very overwhelmed with all the information and topics provided while studying. Unfortunately, I did not pass my test the first time and i think it might have been because my brain felt very overwhelmed with so much information. The second time studying and using TDC helped much more. I realized the first time i was focused on learning everything! Where this second time i focused more on the strategies and techniques to break down the vignettes, understand the questions, and focus on what the questions was actually asking me. My brain felt less overwhelmed and more focused. I am so happy and thankful for all the support TDC provided me with. Thank you.

    This program gave me the tools and techniques I needed to pass the exam. The program teaches you without you directly knowing how much you are learning, and allows you to detect and choose the correct answer almost instinctively. I passed my first time!

    I have used TDC for both Law and Ethics exam and clinical, and they helped me to pass first time. High recommend.

    I am thrilled with this course! I felt it fully prepared me in every way for this exam:)

    I am not a strong test taker but with the support of the TDC materials and my Coach, Asya I passed the Clinical Exam on the first try! I followed the study program as close as possible. Implementing the self care tips and test taking tips were really beneficial when it came to maintaining a hopeful attitude during the test. The TDC package is well worth the investment. Thank you TDC! I will using your package once again for the National Exam.

    TDC is the reason I passed my exam! The material covered all of the topics that were on the actual test. The practice tests were incredibly helpful in preparing myself for the real exam. I felt that they were challenging and the rationales helped me understand questions/answers in depth.I have recommended this program to multiple people and they have all reported the same feelings; - that TDC was instrumental in passing their exams. Thank you so much for equipping me with the tools I needed to pass my test. I've also saved a lot of my notes and materials in general as material that I can look back on. Thank you!

    I studied for about 3 months with TDC. At the time, I had a full time job, with a mental health agency. I passed my test on the first try. I did horrible on the mock tests, but they really prepare you. It was money well spent. Kelli McLean, MFT

    I didn't finish the exam the first time. After this program, I finished with 10 minutes left, and passed!

    This exam prep provided everything I needed to know, and helped me tremendously regarding what to expect! The combination of printouts, audio, mini quizzes, and mock exams was PERFECT and exactly what I needed to engage all aspects of learning. I was able to make sure what I was being asked, how to answer, and what they were looking for. Also learning WHY I got mock questions wrong and how it applies was golden. I recommend this to EVERYONE, in the same enthusiastic way that it was recommended to me! I passed my law and ethics FIRST TIME and my clinical FIRST TIME! I have TDC to thank--- even down to personally prepping for the exam with snacks and a positive attitude! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The coursework presented by TDC was instrumental in helping me pass! I did my best to follow the directions to the letter, and lo and behold, it worked! I passed on my first try! If you didn’t do well on the sample tests, fear not— they will help you identify ways to process the actual exam questions!

    TDC was a great program and the exams really helped me to practice how to think on the test

    I passed!!! It's hard to describe the feeling of relief when they hand you that paper and you frantically search it to finally find the small words that say "Congratulations!" and "Pass". This was my first time taking the MFT Clinical Exam and TDC was the best preparation I could imagine. The lectures were thorough, the quick studies were helpful, the anxiety calming strategies worked, and twice I emailed them and got impressively prompt replies. I actually emailed in a panic one week out from my test after I had taken the first final mock and bombed it; Asya replied within hours (on a weekend no less!) with the most encouraging, calming words, reminding me of strategies and helping me figure out where I was struggling the most. During the test, I felt like I could hear Amanda's voice while I was reading each question which was helpful in eliminating possible answers. I came down with a horrible head and chest cold a few days prior to the test (of course that would happen) and had to run out of the testing room to drink water to stop coughing like 3 times, but because I was thoroughly prepared from this TDC program, I still made it!! I had friends show me their study materials from a different company, and I can definitely say TDC is the most like the actual exam and prepared me so well. Do the whole program as they suggest and follow their guidelines and suggestions - it's worth the time and effort for sure. Well worth the cost as well - I budgeted and saved for it while I was waiting for my hours to clear so I didn't dip into other funds; so SO worth it.

    One thing I loved which I would've never thought to do on my own, was to encourage myself in the 3rd person, like Amanda suggests. I wrote really big at the top of my scratch paper "Rachel, you've GOT this!" and when I would get overwhelmed, which happened a lot, I would pause for 2 seconds with my eyes closed and then look down at those words and attack it with a new fervor. I cannot express my thanks enough for the amazing program of TDC, the kind encouragement of Asya via email, and just the thought and effort that has been put into not only creating this program, but also keeping it up to date and perfectly relevant to the current exam! Now today I took the day off and am heading up to Sacramento to personally hand in my Application for Initial License Issuance! yay!!


    I passed thanks to TDC. TDC is the best program out there to prepare you for your exam, hands down. I love how structured and thorough the program is. The coaches are all very authentic and helpful. This exam was not easy; i don't think I could've passed on my first try without this program!

    I feel that the therapist development center not only adequately prepared me for the test but I also learned a lot about the clinical application of the material. I would highly suggest this course to any MFT.

    TDC was thorough but also so engaging and helpful. I've never been more motivated to actually study for an exam (I'm usually super avoidant). Amanda is clear, concise, and actually human. She gives relevant, specific examples and rationales. I did the coaching with Asya and she was amazing - she was supportive and super knowledgeable. She was able to provide me with really specific feedback about where I needed to make adjustments, and I felt much calmer and more solid about the test after speaking with her. Thank you!!

    So glad I listened to fellow colleagues and went with TDC for my test prep program, I felt very prepared and was able to learn all the information I needed to pass!

    I am very grateful for the TDC program. It prepared me very well for the test. I have a pretty demanding job and the program was very flexible to work within my schedule. The content was excellent and very much identical to what was on the test. While I was nervous as heck I felt very prepared. The TDC was also very supportive and flexible when I had to extend my subscription after some life altering events occurred in my life. And for that I am very grateful.