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

    TDC was extremely thorough and really helped me feel prepared and confident for the the test. I don't think I would have passed had I used any other method. Thank you TDC!

    I love how approachable the information was through the lecture series and the quick studies. I have printed out all the quick studies and plan to have them bound as an "MFT Manual," which I keep at my desk. They will make a handy reference quide.

    I highly recommend this program. Great program with the information needed to pass this test. They also give very good strategies to reduce the anxiety and to be present and focus on the test. I did pass last week the CCE in my first try, after I had tried the L&E for several times. Thank you TDC for your support and the great program.

    So excited to share that I passed on the first try. I was concerned because my final mock was not very good, but when I went back and reviewed materials, there was a lot of information that helped me to shift my focus. I felt very well prepared to go into the the exam. The day before included a stress free day of self-care and that shifted my energy. I highly recommend following the guidance and ease your way into the test day. Thanks TDC for such a well played-out study prep program.

    TDC was incredibly valuable in helping me understand how to take the test and manage my anxiety. I finished in 3.5 hours and was able to stay calm throughout. I am beyond thankful for this program.

    I studied with TDC for my Law and Ethics exam and passed in 2017. I knew that I would use them again when it was time for me to prepare for the licensing exam. The study material is very thorough and I love that there aren't a host of packages at varying prices where I would have to question if I was missing out on essential information if I chose a cheaper option. TDC did an amazing job with this study system and I will recommend them again and again to anyone preparing for exams necessary for MFT licensure!

    Thank you again TDC!

    Thank you TDC for an excellent program! I passed the MFT Clinical the first time. I took all the mock exams, listened to all the audio recordings. The tips were key during the actual exam. Thank you again!

    I want to thank Robin and Asya for always responding to my questions when I emailed them. Both of them were so gentle and encouraging. The test taking strategies that Robin and Asya gave before the Mocks really worked and Robin's anxiety blog really helped me understand anxiety and how to manage my anxiety. Also, thank you for extending my time every time I requested it. Thanks you again and this program works!

    The week prior to taking the MFT clinical exam, my uncle passed away unexpectedly making the week extremely difficult. He was a surrogate dad to me and a wonderful role model. Due to our close relationship I was filled with grief and sadness, became less focused and studied sporadically during the week. ( I should preface this testimonial by stating: during my last conversation with uncle he stated, how proud he was of me and was excited about this phase in my life).
    My husband and other family members encouraged me to push through and reminded that my uncle would have insisted that I continue with my plans to test. I PASSED !!!!!!!!
    The test preparation, lectures, quizzes, mock exams, and review lectures were so incredibly helpful and I could hear "Amanda's" prompting during the test. Thank you TDC staff and all the best to everyone!

    I finally did it! And yes, Amanda's voice was in my head and I felt humbly confident going in. I felt more prepared. Many hours of study, but now many thanks to TDC!

    My coach was amazing and helped me a lot. Asya is a great add on to the study material. The study material on TDC is very similar to the actual test, so it prepares you.

    Program teaches you how to answer questions, and what to know for the test, which along with the audio reviews of mock exams, and pep talk audio before the actual exam were the most helpful components for me.

    The material covered in this course of study more than adequately prepared me for the exam. I found the real exam questions to be very similar to those provided by TDC.

    Hello, I passed on my first try and I believe this course material was the deciding factor. Would recommend to anyone.

    100:/: recommended, did not use anything else to study but this program study materials and I passed both my ethical and clinical test at first try.

    I wanted to thank TDC for assisting me in passing my MFT Clinical Exam. I had taken it twice previously and used another popular study program. Not passing twice was very discouraging and made me heavily doubt myself, my knowledge and my skills as a clinician. Upon finding out that I did not pass my last exam I said to myself that I needed to "do something different" in regards to studying. I had colleges and friends highly recommend TDC and I took that chance. I figured the money I was spending in another study program was an investment into my future. TDC helped me get into the mind frame that I needed in order to pass the test and as Amanda said in the lectures, I took her into my test. She was the voice in my head asking me to rethink what the questions where actually asking for, telling me to relax and be aggressive in the test and lastly to deduct the answers. I was so relieved to see my passing results that I literally broke down crying on the test proctors and actually had to sit in my car for about a half hour crying. I want to thank TDC for your excellent guidance and encouragement during this ordeal, I honestly do not think I would of passed if I had not made the switch to TDC.

    Thank you TDC and Robin Gluck for supporting me in my journey to get licensed. TDC is a great program. With the help of your program I passed my Law and Ethics Exam on my first try and I’m happy to report I just passed my Clinical Exam too!

    TDC is an exceptional program. The access to coaching was partially helpful in terms of clarifying rationales and providing moral support. The test taking techniques were very helpful as well. The program covered all the essential information needed to pass the exam.

    My first two tries, I was not following the recommendations and was more distracted, ran out of time. This time, I followed the recommendations religiously... Such as, positive self talk, "keep swimming", and EXERCISE. I also utilized one coaching session with Asya. It's so valuable... I gained a lot of insight into how I picked my answers. My recommendation is... Trust the TDC system and do it.... Thank you so much for such wonderful supports through out this challenging journey.

    I really want to thank you for developing this program for us therapists. I not only pass the exam but also felt better equipped as a therapist. This program helped me learned in such an organized way the material that I never learned in any supervision session or even grad school. Cannot say thank you enough. Keep it up!