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 decided to use the coaching services because I was feeling myself struggle with being able to clearly understand what each question was asking. Asya, one of the coaches, helped me gain confidence and clarity with how to accurately dissect and understand each exam question. As a bonus, she helped me mentally prepare for the exam and gave me wonderful tips and tricks on how to manage my test anxiety during the exam. It served me well to use the guidance this course and Asya taught me. As a result, I passed my boards on the first try. I am very grateful for such a wonderful study program and coaching service. Thank you!!

    I LOVED TDC. It helped me focus and have a sense of control over the vastness of the material. I felt held and confident that I am supported. Since I already did law and ethics with TDC I knew that Amanda's coaching was working for me. I actually did hear her voice in the exam, and I felt like I was able to internalize her thoughts and perception and utilize it in the test. I did pass so for me, this really worked.

    TDC is the way to go!! I cannot tell you how grateful I am for being able to utilize this amazing program!! I passed the first time!! Follow the Program...listen to Amanda and you will pass!! Good Luck!!

    I really appreciated the mock exams, they really prepared you for the test. Listening to Amanda was like she was right in the room with you. The program was very thorough and I have recommended to all of my colleagues. Thank you for helping me get through this. Also listening to the pep talk before I took my test really helped me, as I did not go back and change any of my answers, This was a great experience and well worth the money.

    TDC is an exceptional study program!! Everything you need to know for the clinical exam, TDC covers and more!! What I have enjoyed most about the study program is how structured, concise, encouraging, and well-thought out each study topic is presented. Before studying, I felt I needed to brush up on my theories. TDC does such an excellent job, going over each theory. On the day of my exam, I felt completely prepared when it came to theory questions. I knew what key terms and concepts to look for when answering the questions. I would suggest, review "test strategies" a day before the exam, this was also helpful. Thank you TDC for this wonderful study program-I PASSED on my first attempt, not to mention during a world pandemic, fires, while also raising three young children. If I can do it, you can do it too!! Feels good to be licensed after a 7 year journey!!

    I passed the clinical exam yesterday and I would not have passed without TDC.
    The test isn't compatible with the way my brain processes information. The combination of TDC's program and my accommodations for extra time made my passing possible.
    So grateful.

    I have used the TDC program for both MFT Law and Ethics 2016 and Clinical Exam 2020, I loved the program!
    Amanda was definitely in my head during my test taking experience. Coach Asya responded to my email questions promptly, Thank you TDC, I am now a LMFT!!

    TDC had me very well-prepared. The test was hard, but TDC mocks were harder. I had a helpful coaching session with Asya. I spent my summer with Amanda and TDC and I am very thankful!

    This test prep was wonderful! I just took my clinical exam yesterday and passed the first time! I learned so much and was surprised to also find that I knew so much already having been practicing for 5 years as an AMFT. I found the organization to be wonderful for me, as I love structure. So having a set schedule that was already made worked for me. I also appreciated the flexibility of the schedule for those weeks I needed to make adjustments. Taking this course twice, which I recommend, made such a positive impact in my retention and confidence in the material, and my skills as a test taker. The mock exams were so similar to the actual test, which helped me while taking my exam because I did so much practice. It was still a challenge of course, but because I knew how the questions were formed I was able to press on through the exam and focus on managing my anxiety. I did see small errors throughout the mocks and lectures in regards to grammar and formatting, as well as saying a specific answer was correct, but then the wrong answer was read aloud. This was so minimal that it did not make a huge impact overall, and if you are paying attention you can catch those times and it doesn't impact things too much. I used the positive self talk and mantra throughout the exam and I even wrote it on my scratch paper! Overall, I really appreciate this program and I have recommended it to so many colleagues. Thank you for creating this test prep and I am so proud I passed!

    For anyone considering this study material, I believe you'll find yourself very prepared on test day! The test is difficult, but this curriculum breaks down different questions and areas piece by piece so you'll have a good framework for responding appropriately. I highly recommend following the well thought out study structure, you won't regret your investment!

    In 2015 I decided to become a therapist and I'm so happy TDC helped me take the last step towards obtaining clinical license. Asya was great, she was responsive when I was having doubts. Its honestly the hardest time to take a test right now and I don't think any other testing site offers a personal touch in the same TDC does with their curriculum/support.

    TDC was a great program for preparing me for the clinical exam! I passed on the first try and felt the test strategies really helped me work through each question. The mock exams were excellent and I appreciated being able to take several so I felt prepared! Thanks TDC!

    Very helpful. I found TDC over prepared me for the exam as I thought the exam was easier, which made it less stressful for me.

    I could not have passed without TDC. This program was everything. It gave me a realistic, doable timeline and structure. The mock exams were very challenging -- it made the actual exam less intimidating!
    My coach, Asya, was excellent. Every time I sent a question she replied within 24 hrs. Her response were always very detailed and helpful.

    I went into the test feeling confident and honestly felt like I knew 85% of the answers! I was hearing the rationales in my head for each answer option as I was taking the test (like the ones from the practice exams), and it really helped me!! I really appreciated having the study schedule to keep me on track too! I actually completed my studying within 7 days (not consecutively). I wanted to share that in case anyone else is like me and got overwhelmed with the idea of having to study months to prepare for this exam. No matter how long it takes you, following TDC's system will get you through!! This program is truly amazing! Thank you so much! :)

    Don't worry if you score extremely low on the last 2 exams from the LMFT Clinical course. I took the exam twice. The test I took in December was extremely harder than the test I took in the summer. I think it's pretty unfair but I guess that's just how the BBS will make money? Thanks to the TDC coaches and their detailed responses, I was able to gain my courage and retake it in September and passed. I was crying two days and nights before my exam because the practice exams were so difficult and hard, I started to panic. Once of the coaches really supported me and told me this was normal. When the day of the exam came, I was surprised how confident I was feeling during the exam. I'm just happy to finally be licensed and put this entire chapter behind me. Thank you TDC coaches and Amanda!

    Just took my test and passed! Very comprehensive program for a very tough test! This program provided the information needed and also the mindset. If I hadn't known what I knew from this course, it would have been very discouraging! Thanks!!

    TDC was an excellent study guide and helped me passed my test. It broke down concepts into manageable study modules. I definitely took Amanda in with me for the exam, and her rationalizations assisted me while taking the test. Thank you TDC!!!

    Overall great programs! I've used the TDC exam prep for both my law & ethics exam and the MFT final clinical exam and passed both on the first attempt. I felt like TDC prepared me really well for both tests. The final exam questions felt very similar to the practice ones I was familiar with. I found the last two mocks to be very difficult so I'd encourage people not to get discouraged if you don't do well on them. Thanks, TDC - highly recommend!

    Such an effective study guide! Some of the questions were almost identical to those on the test, and the mock exams thoroughly prepared me for what to expect on the real exam. I could hear Amanda's voice helping me reason through each question! Thank you TDC!