California MFT Clinical Exam
Price: $375.00

CALIFORNIA MFT 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 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 memorize
  • 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

    This study program is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. 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

    There is honestly so much to learn for the exam, but TDC does a pretty good job of focusing on the points needed. Other materials cover so much detail that it was overwhelming for me. No one ever said the exam itself or studying was easy but TDC makes it more streamlined and easier to understand. I have definitely recommended this program to many of my colleagues.

    I just wanted to say thank you for the support of you and your team. During these last few years Ive been studying I experienced an extreme amount of stressors and loses in my life; which impacted my focus and studies for this test. You and your team were extremely understanding and extended my study material sooooo many times to allow me that opportunity to study using your material. You and your team were extremely helpful and answered all questions asked in a timely manner providing me a better understanding of the information. There were times I truly felt hopeless as far as retaining the study information do to the stressors I was experiencing; however, no matter how big or small the questions I asked your team responded kindly with additional supportive information. So I truly thank you and your team for all your support. Your information you provide in your study material to prep on test day was also a tremendous help. I found myself taking your voice into the test and during tough questions reminding myself to answer, mark and move on. Your study material is material I would definitely recommend to others.

    Thank you TDC for helping me pass this exam! I used another study program also, but TDC was so much better. I am so grateful I bought this program and I don't think I would have passed without it. The exam is really tough, but TDC prepared me well. Amanda's tips throughout the whole program were a life saver. Thank you!!!

    I passed on my 1st attempt!!!!!

    Thank you so much for helping me pass my exam! The test was hard, but the mocks were harder so i'm so grateful that I have this program to guide me through.

    TDC's tips on How to Study were very helpful. I recommend reviewing this before you take mock exams and again before taking the actual exams. The mocks were challenging but because of this I ended up being more than prepared for BBS's questions. It was like resistance training for the brain!

    I passed, and I thought TDC would benefit from knowing that I was prepared enough to pass even though I could not finish test within allotted time. I was really concerned going into test because I could not finish any of the mock exams within the allotted time, averaging 70 questions left on each mock exam (I have LDs but was denied accommodations - I appealed and was granted accommodations for a future test date-but I had already scheduled today's test- I decided it would be good for me to go ahead and take it for the practice). I went in with the mindset of "leaning in" and ROCKED it- I made it to question 160 before time ran out. Thank you!!! I learned so much from this program!!!! I am grateful for the time, energy and thoroughness of the program- I know it has made me a better clinician.

    You guys are beyond amazing!! I cannot say enough good things about you. I signed up for your course in the midst of a dense depression having just gone through some major life traumas. I could not pull myself out of it during those 6 months and had to leave the country and go traveling in Asia to break out of the funk I was in. Whilst there I found renewed passion and enthusiasm for my career and this process. I was sat in a cafe in Chiangmai Thailand, and I logged on here and found that as of 3 days prior my 6 months had expired. I know what the corporate environment can be like. I sent off a speculative email explaining my position and how, although I had wanted to take advantage of the course, I had not used it at all in the timeframe allocated. I expected at best, based on previous experiences in these kind of environments, a pitched battle where I had to send countless emails justifying my position, and at worst a flat out 'no, pay again or bye' basically. So it was with amazement, whilst still sat in the same cafe, that I got back the brief response, 'no problem, you're all set. You have been given an extension for another 6 months.' That was it! No arguing, no accusation, no 'justify yourself.' And so has been my experience throughout this lengthy process. A company that walks it's talk and lives it's professed values. Rare and treasured. You guys have been unbeleivable throughout, and the level of preparedness I had walking into the exam gave me all the confidence I needed. In particular, the advice early on, and reiterated at the end, that I would feel like I was failing whilst taking the exam, and not to panic when that happened, was immeasurably helpful. You guys have been with me through personal struggles, exam rescheduling, COVID, all of it. Thank you so so much!

    You guys are the best!! Keep doing what you're doing. You are needed and appreciated.

    Taking the clinical exam in times of COVID added pressure and stress; however, wearing the mask for 4+ hours was the easy part, at least for me. Passing the exam was the culmination of everything I've worked for, and I needed to feel prepared. TDC helped me prepare for the Law & Ethics and I trusted that TDC would also help me prepare for this exam, and I was not wrong. When I took the final mock 1, I scored poorly (48%), my anxiety level sky-rocketed and I reached out to my TDC coach, who responded in a timely manner and provided valuable guidance. In retrospect, I believe this was the moment the switch was turned on; I reviewed each wrong question carefully and identified both the rationale and the 'a-ha' moments I had previously missed. On the day of my exam, I knew I had to put my 'emotional side' outside the testing room and focused on each question, assessing not assuming. I read the vignettes word for word and framed each question as Amanda suggested, and the technique worked wonderfully for me. I would highly recommend TDC to anyone who is out there shopping for the best program to help them prepare for the Law & Ethics and the clinical exam, I passed them both the first time I took them, and today, I am officially a LMFT. Thank you, TDC!!!

    Becoming a licensed MFT has taken me 17 years but I never gave up and so appreciate all aspects of the TDC course. I aced the test because you guys were so helpful and kept me going a a positive direction and got me so prepared I was almost anxiety free which was amazing for me given my test taking history. I feel so much more well rounded and competent as a clinician now as willed ,from this experience.
    Thank you

    Both Robin and Asya were so patient with me. I struggled with test anxiety and constantly badgered them and they were understanding, patient, and they along with Amanda's program helped me get through this and pass!

    Let me tell you this has been quite the journey for me. I returned to school to obtain my BA as a birthday gift to myself when I turned 40 in 2014. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Oct 2016. I started my Masters program November of 2016 and graduated with a 3.94 in August 2018. During this time, I found my birth family (I am adopted) and dealt with substance abuse issues with my brother. I managed to complete my 3000 hours within 2 years of graduation and am now a LMFT as of June 2020. This has been a wild ride for sure. TDC was so helpful in preparing me and assisting with reducing my test anxiety for both my Law & Ethics exam and Clinical exam. I cannot thank you enough for all the quick responses to my questions and extensions. I have recommended this program to several of my friends and will continue to do so. Thank you again!!

    Great program overall. Easy to follow and the tips that were provided were realistic and helpful to pass the test. Worth every penny. Thank you.

    Studying with TDC was a game changer for me. I had taken the test once prior using different study materials, and went in completely unprepared. TDC's materials from the audio lectures, quick studies, audio rationales and practices tests were all so helpful. While taking the test, I did not feel intimidated by the questions or answers. I felt prepared. Not only did this program help me pass the clinical exam, it has made me a better clinician.

    Thank you for the help Asya! Your feedback played a big part in calming anxiety. I found myself reasoning through the questions like Amanda did on the scenarios, and by practicing the mocks as if they were the real thing, my time management ended up being spot on; I had 10 minutes to spare to review questions I was not sure about.

    Just follow their directions and don't avoid scheduling this on your calendar. Their method truly takes a lot of stress out of preparing. You owe it to yourself to enjoy this process and last step to licensure.

    I appreciate all the strategies and the critical thinking since I used all of them during the clinical exam.

    I initially took my exam back in November 2019 and used a different study material and completely bombed the exam. I went a different route and signed up for TDC and it was the MOST helpful and productive study material. I got so much out of it, especially how to organize my time with study and the strategies truly saved my life. I have challenges with reading comprehension so the study tips and how to read the questions was a nice break down. I also didn't reach out to a coach until the very last minute and the fact that they still make time available to contact me to help was amazing. I definitely recommend this exam prep for anyone studying to get their LMFT.

    Yes, I'm happy to share. This program over-prepared me for the test, so that when I went in on test day I felt so confident, my anxiety melted away. It was a great experience!

    This program is amazing and helps so much. I felt over prepared which is a great feeling. I also love how this program helps with the mindset that is needed for the test. During the test I kept reminding myself to be okay with the uncertainty. Thanks to this program I felt confident on the material going into the exam.