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

    Thank you, TDC, for all of the inspiration, knowledge, analysis, reassurance, and test taking strategies! It all paid off this morning, as I took my LMFT Clinical Exam in California! The test materials were a perfect match to the content and format of the actual exam. I felt so prepared, so organized, and so confident, because I knew TDC would come through, again (you also helped me pass my Law & Ethics exam!)

    Like many who used TDC, I felt prepared to take my MFT clinical exam. Even though I did not pass the exam the first time, it had nothing to do with the lack of preparedness. Instead, I needed to learn to pay attention the detail of key words in each question, i.e. initial, beginning, first, next, proceed, additional (just to mention a few), treatment plan as appose to assessment, intervention as oppose to evaluation or treatment, etc.

    I appreciated having access to Robyn when I did not pass the first time. She helped to pull myself together so that I did not feel defeated. Thank you!

    TDC way overprepares you! It was anxiety provoking to keep seeing my low scores on the mock exams but once I took the real thing I realized I was breezing right through them!

    My experience with TDC was great! From the moment I had access to my study material, I knew I made the right choice. The material is organized in such a clear and concise manner, that it helps decrease the anxiety that can come from feeling overwhelmed with all the material. Anytime I had a question, or needed a boost of confidence, I got quick and encouraging responses from the TDC coach. Most importantly, I felt the program fully prepared me for the real test- there wasn't one topic I felt was missed or not covered by the program and the mock exams were a huge learning opportunity. Come test day I felt ready for the exam and PASSED!! Thank you!!

    TDC does an excellent job of providing the study material in digestible amounts, the program builds on itself so that if you follow it to a T, you will be successful. I passed my CA MFT clinical exam on my 1st try. Muchas Gracias TDC.

    Thank you!! This program definitely prepared me for the exam!

    I could not have passed the CA LMFT having Amanda in the room with me. Thank you!!

    TDC community! I am thankful and relieved to report that I passed the clinical exam! What a journey it has been, life has really thrown massive curveballs including a baby into my juggling act as a full time working mama. Thank God for family support and the drive to become Licensed! This program is the ONLY reason I passed because although I have been a strong student, I never felt like I was a strong test taker. Managing anxiety and focusing on self care got me through this beast of a test. Thank you Amanda, Robin and the whole TDC family!

    I passed the clinical exam the first time with the help of TDC. I will admit that my scores on the mocks were not great and I was experiencing test anxiety, but I still felt very prepared for the exam.

    I was quite nervous about taking this test, but with the study materials, I was well prepared. When taking practice exams, I found that my scores were on the cusp of passing, but going over the answer explanations was highly effective in helping me understand the material. Between the lectures, rationales for test questions, and reading material, I found this program to exceed my expectations, helping me to pass on my first try!

    TDC was the only study program I used. Reviewing the exams and listening to the rationals really helped ground my understanding. Listening to the 50 topics lecture two days prior of my exam helped remind me of the smaller details that I would forget to focus on because I was so worried about theories.

    Thank you so much! I know I wouldn't have been able to pass this exam without the preparation I did through your program.

    I ran out of time before exam day to take the final mock exam, but studying, followed by taking Mocks I and II along with carefully listening to the rationales prepared me very well. I still sat down to take the actual exam with some trepidation, because my mock scores were just 66 and 67%. But Amanda was right -- I could hear her voice, and answering the exam questions just felt like a continuation of what I'd been doing at home. I read the question before the stem and found that to be key. I kept careful track of time and finished with four minutes to spare. Honestly, by the end, I was glad I didn't have time to go back and second guess my answers!

    Follow the program and stay with it even if you don't feel successful with the mock tests! The best advice was getting comfortable with uncertainty.

    This courses is fantastic if you utilize it diligently, making a study schedule for yourself that is consistent and focused. I am so happy I passed and am grateful for TDC's help!

    I have struggled with test taking for many moons. I purchased TDC I believe back in 2017 after not being successful with other training material. I had difficulties the first 3 times due to change of life going on during same time. This time, God presented me with the moment to go for it and with the excellent study material in TDC, I was able to pass the exam. With the rationales given in the Mock 1 and 2 Final along with the in-depth guides and study resources, BADA BING BADA BOOM...LMFT!!! Such a great learning experience!! God Bless!!!

    Thank you TDC. I used TDC years ago and passed the law and ethics exam on the first attempt. I am so glad I used TDC again for my LMFT clinical exam. I took the test today, and I passed on the first attempt! The study material and lectures more than prepared me for the exam. The voice of the lecturer was definitely in my head during the exam. A special thank you to Robin Gluck. Your kind words of encouragement helped to keep me focused when I experienced high levels of doubt and anxiety towards the end of my studies. Again, thank you TDC!

    The time management and test taking strategies really helped me out and learn how to think and focus on what the question is asking and what to look for. Listening to the audio rationales felt like I was reviewing it with a colleague. I really appreciate the ability to ask a coach questions. I felt more prepared and confident enough that it reduced my anxiety. Thank you TDC Team!

    I felt somewhat confident going into the exam, which is good. I really felt the program prepared me for managing my anxiety during the exam. I really leaned into it and was able to tolerate the discomfort of feeling I may be failing. The 4 hour mocks -- the last two final mocks-- were harder than the exam itself, so that was good. The mocks were so important to get game ready!

    Excellent information related to required knowledge base, and outstanding strategies!! I felt appropriately confident throughout, and finished with a few minutes to spare.