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

    "Chance favors the prepared mind" according to the famous chemist, Louis Pasteur. I can honestly say that I went into this exam feeling that my mind was prepared - thanks to TDC! Not only did I feel confident and prepared, I believe I am a better therapist. I learned so much from Amanda and her team. Several years ago I failed the "oral" exam twice. It was devastating. We then moved out of state for over six years where I worked in higher education. Upon return to California in 2017 I was determined to get my license and pass that exam. Sadly, I learned my 3000 hours had timed out and began process of acquiring another 3000 supervised hours - which I did. After my hours were approved early this year, I immediately purchased the TDC clinical LMFT study prep course since TDC well prepared me for the Law & Ethics where I passed first time. I heard so many people talk about how great the TDC program is. I actually enjoyed studying for the exam using the TDC materials. They are personal and provide exceptional skills on how to reason, how to think, how to rule out the wrong answers. I grew tremendously in my knowledge, skill, & judgement as a result of this program. I can't imagine using another program. Amanda is gifted and called for this - her voice is easy to listen to and she is articulate. During the exam, I definitely leaned into her words when I got stuck. I also want to say that taking the actual exam was somewhat easier than the last two final mock exams. TDC more than prepares you and totally sets a person up for success. I am overjoyed to have passed and fulfilled my lifelong dream of being a Licensed MFT! I can't thank Amanda and her team enough for this life changing resource.

    TDC was the reason I passed my clinical exam. They OVER prepare you, which by far the best thing you could walk into the test with, lots of knowledge. When I sat down to take the test I was amazed how well the program mimicked the exam. I knew how to read question stems properly and knew what to look for in the answer set. I was hesitant to spend so much money, but let me tell was worth every penny!!! Thank you TDC for you support and guidance. I'm officially a LMFT. Woo!

    I PASSED on my 4th attempt!!! It has been a very long journey for me. I loved TDC because it was so clear and concise...all the information is there that you need, and nothing that you don't. Robin was especially prompt and helpful in our e-mail correspondence as it grew closer to Exam Day. The BIGGEST thing I can say that helped me is learning to trust myself, know that I was in control and NOT the Exam and NOT my anxiety. This was HUGE for me. I am so grateful for the support of TDC all the way to the finish line!!

    This is the BEST course to prepare you for your exam! Every step of the way TDC builds up your reasoning skills and provides you with explanations on how to think throughout your test. This "how to think" is paramount to your success. After you learn all the material, which is wonderfully organized for you, you begin to test your ability to cope with the thought, "am I getting these right?" TDC will guide you through this and answer all the questions you have to PASS with Confidence!

    I am so thoroughly pleased w/ my experience w/ TDC and truly believe I would not have passed the test if I had not chosen this program. The best strategy is to over-prepare the student which is exactly what TDC did for me. I was actually very frustrated with my scores in the mock exams, but now know that it was teaching me to identify my areas of weakness. For me, I personally felt I needed to take an extended period of time to study and digest the material, and to start "thinking" like Amanda. There was no way I would have passed this exam w/ just studying for a few months simply because there are so many topics and concepts to fully grasp and understand - and not just merely memorize. I literally listened to the audio countless amounts of times and re-took the quizzes as much as possible. I studied for this exam during my entire pregnancy and maternity leave while caring for my newborn. Asya was very helpful in her responses to my questions and apologize for not having the time to respond. Her emails were not only helpful, but also very encouraging and gave me hope during the process. One thing I would suggest is possibly adding a separate audio or document solely on the topic of time management, particularly emphasizing the "just keep swimming" approach while taking the mock exams. All in all, I highly recommend this study course and wanted to take the time to submit a thoughtful testimonial of my positive experience w/ TDC.
    Thank you, Cathleen Brinegar

    TDC was instrumental in helping me be intentional and structured in my preparation for the Licensure exam. Thank you all for your support.

    Great prep!! Mock exams on here were harder than the actual exam.

    I am an incredibly anxious test-taker, along with being a perfectionist. My method for studying has always been to panic study, over prepare, feel as if I wasn't going to pass, and then end up doing well. Not a healthy strategy, I know. The tips and tricks, as well as the way this program was mapped out really helped me fight the urge to deviate from the structure of this study plan. I will say that I did not feel confident going in to the test after performing on-par with the Final Mocks. What I realized when I started the first question on the actual exam is that I was slightly desensitized to feeling unsure and like I was failing BECAUSE of how the Mocks set me up! I didn't question every answer, but instead followed the guidance given at the beginning of the program. I knew so much more than I thought I did. While the fund of knowledge given throughout this course is amazing, the actual prep that is given, emotionally and with what to expect, was what really got me through this process. Thank you TDC!!!!

    I am so completely grateful for the support of TDC and recommendation by my supervisor. I truly believe this system helped me to overcome my anxiety and do my best and yes, pass on the first try!!

    This course was really helpful and made me feel as prepared as I could on test day. I used for law & ethics and clinical exam. Highly recommend!

    Thank you!

    TDC prepared me so well for the exam! Thank you!

    I find the study materials from TDC very helpful. Even though I did not pass the exam with my first try, I feel that I have enough support from TDC to help me try again.

    I found this training to be very helpful. I especially loved the lectures as I listened to them over and over again to get the information in my head. The coaches are wonderful also!

    This prepared me so well for the clinical exam. I felt confident, prepared and ready going into take the test. so helpful, great study resource!

    What I love about TDC is that the tutorials after I took the mock exams were so helpful to understand why an answer was correct compared to another. The tutorials were also motivating and helpful to look for key words. I learned to understand the concepts and not study just the terms. I am so happy to have found study material that prepared me so well to pass my Clinical Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist exam.

    Several friends recommend this program and I'm glad that I picked TDC. The program was easy to follow and after going over the program 2x, I sat for the clinical exam and passed with confidence! I actually felt over prepared with minimum anxiety. I would recommend TDC 100%, THANKS!

    TDC helped me pass my test on one try! So thankful for their study materials :)

    Thank you. I passed the both ethics and clinical exams with your program. It was comprehensive yet concise.

    I took the California Law and Ethics Exam and passed on the first try thanks to TDC. I was so pleased with the program that I also chose to use it to prepare for the MFT Clinical Exam for California and once again, I passed on the first try...this morning :)
    Thank you so very much for this very comprehensive and user friendly program! And a special shout out to Asya who was responsive, knowledgable, supportive and able to pinpoint areas of focus for me when I needed it most!