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

    I passed the first time. Time was my biggest issue and I was able to push through..My biggest helper was taking a break around question 80 when I was starting to feel like I was "under the clock" and "sinking". I chose to grab a quick snack and a sip of water and reset. It was the best decision and it helped me re-load for the second half. I ended with extra time and was able to review all my marked questions. Thanks TDC, I felt prepared!!

    Great program, easy to follow and covered everything on the exam. I would definitely recommend to everyone preparing for the MFT clinical exam. I also utilized TDC to prepare for my Law and Ethics exam.

    A week after recovering from COVID-19 I passed my clinical exam and I’m now LMFT! A cancer survivor and a Covid survivor how about that? I had to cancel my originally scheduled exam as I tested positive for Covid and I must say it was a horrible experience and I suffered psychologically. I tried to do my 1 actual mock and could not finish in time. It took me six hrs. The second and final mock took me 5 hrs but I scored much higher. I spent the next few days reviewing the material and following the recommendations. I leaned into the exam and in those moments when I felt like giving up I kept hearing Amanda (in the healthiest way) telling me to attack the test. I took a break at question 90, ate a banana drank a sugary juice and leaned back into it. It was totally worth it. I walked out and knowing I passed because I knew the material. I took God with me and invited Amanda as well. I could not have done this without TDC. God was my guide and Amada was definitely a major support.

    Thank you for your amazing work!!!!!!
    With this program, I was able to learn a lot,not just memorize it.

    Wonderful study preparation! The hours put in with this program were absolutely worth it and I am so pleased to have passed the MFT exam! I don't know why anyone would spend time and money with any other study materials when The Therapist Development Center is the best out there. Thank you, thank you!

    The TDC study program is straight forward and preps you on what the actual exam tests for. There are not volumes of material that may cause for unnecessary time spent away from self-care, family or other priorities. I studied for about 6 weeks and was able to pass on my first attempt. TDC placed the focus onto passing the CA MFT Exam not sell you products that you do not need . Thank you TDC for a well developed program. Thank you also allowing for extensions for those who were affected by the COVID 19 Pandemic.

    Amanda was in my head the whole time! And I certainly couldn’t tell I was passing, but I all the strategies from TDC got me through it!

    I felt very well prepared after completing the TDC program. I am so grateful a program like this exists. Thank you!

    TDC over prepares you for the exam! I felt confident that I had the tools that I needed for the exam. The breakdown of materials makes it easy to study and learn. The audios are phenomenal and a plus for passing! I feel that I would've done it without the information presented on the audios. I highly recommend it.

    Absolutely incredible, couldn't have done it without y'all!!

    The program really helped with reviewing the needed information but most importantly it helped me feel prepared for the exam set up: Found the anxiety management suggestions and practice mock exams extremely helpful.

    Thank you everyone at TDC. I appreciate your voice in my mind when I was taking the exam. I listened in pretty regularly since January because my test got canceled due to the pandemic. It got moved from March to June. Now I am confident in saying how much your testing training got me to the finish line with great success. I had the lectures on loop and the materials by my side everywhere I went. Thank you for the "How to Test" this was clutch in my confidence. I am a terrible multiple choice test taker but this test is just like Amanda said. I am an extremely anxious test taker I was nervous but not to the levels of my past because I took the TDC with me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart I'm so thankful to have found a resource that really works.

    TDC was really helpful! Covered all the relevant topics and most importantly, helped with how to think through the questions. Will definitely recommend this study program to my peers who are coming up behind me Thanks!

    I used TDC for my LMFT Law & Ethics Exam two years ago and also used it for my LMFT Written Clinical Exam! I passed both exams on the first try and feel as though I was thoroughly prepared. Thank you TDC for providing a service that is much needed to confidently prepare for the licensing exam! Every therapist should know about this amazing study tool!

    I passed first time! TDC helped prepare me tremendously for the exam. I would highly recommend taking all the mock and final exams and reviewing answers throughly as there were several very similar questions on the exam. Thank you!!!
    Results: Mock 1: 61%, Mock 2: 59%, Mock 3: 71%, Final Mock 1: 55%, Final Mock 2: 68% and PASSED Exam!

    The program was a huge help. I took all the Mock exams except the 2nd Final Mock. I was worried because my scores were in the 60s (%) for the Mocks and I scored 57% on the Final Mock 1 (which was really hard). But, I "leaned in" to the exam and just trusted the process and I was very prepared, thanks to TDC. Pay attention to those key words ("further assess," "intervention," "initially"). Also - I read the question first, then looked at the first word of each answer first before reading the stem - saved a lot of time.

    I have always recommended TDC when someone I know is studying for either L&E or Clinical exam in a respectable field. I have utilized both L&E and Clinical preparation.

    I absolutely recommend this material! I appreciate all the information, study tips, test day tips, even the suggested study schedule was really helpful for getting organized. I tend to struggle with tests, I'm a slow reader and tend to spend more time making sure Im comprehending correctly which can be difficult for a timed test, so I was nervous about getting through the entire thing on time and with ease. However I felt extremely prepared, especially after learning how to spot and eliminate wrong answers quickly, and I passed on my first try!!

    TDC is amazing!! There is not a topic they don't cover. I followed their program how they laid it out, had great success, and passed the first time! I also utilized a TDC coach, which was a huge help in preparing and feeling ready. Thank you for what you guys do!

    TDC definitely prepared me for this exam. I felt confident, energized, and prepared as I was taking it. I highly recommend this program to everyone taking the California MFT exam. The cost of the program is well worth the knowledge and confidence I gained. I am grateful and relieved!