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 thank God, Amanda and the TDC team!!!! Following their guidance and listening carefully to all the tips, strategies and rationales helped me tremendously on the exam. My first round of studying, I did not follow their testing strategies and I did not pay close attention to details (i.e. the Top 50, DSM, etc.), which led me to not pass. However, on the second round of studying, I took detailed notes on the lectures, went through all the steps with a "fine tooth comb" and followed their guidance on how to manage my anxiety and maneuver through the exam and....I PASSED! Than you again and I appreciate all the hard work you all put in to this AMAZING program!

    I am so thankful for this program as I was terrified to take this exam due to peers saying how hard it was to pass the exam. I did everything outlined in this course and passed on my first try. I was nervous going into the exam because I was scoring in the high 50’s on practice and mock exams but reviewing what I got wrong helped me to become a better test taker. I felt the practice and mock exams were more challenging than the actual exam but challenged my brain to problem solve so I was mentally prepared for the real exam. The tip In having a snack mid test was helpful as I had a fruit snack and small juice box which really did give me a small surge of energy I needed to finish the later part of the exam. Also the tip of having self talk throughout the exam of saying your name and I can figure this out also helped push me through the exam. I also exercised lightly daily when studying for the exam to release anxiety. Everything about TDC was helpful and I hope continues to help other clinicians. Thank you for this program and helping me pass my exam first try. Since starting grad school I was fearful of this exam and now I feel a huge weight lifted and can continue my work being a clinician and doing what I love for a living. Thank you!

    I have ADHD and a learning disability. There was a time in my life where my parents did not even know if I would go to college, let alone get my masters degree. Taking this exam was my Mt. Everest. I was able to get extra time to answer to the questions but without this study program and the way it was broken down, it would have been much harder for me to answer the questions correctly based on the testing format. Had I been interviewed in person, I would've nailed it but that is not how this test is given. The most important piece of information was the last audio clip I played the night before. It was just giving pointers and one of the pointers was if the question seems ridiculously hard it is probably a pre-test question, answer to the best of your ability and move on. I kept that in mind throughout the exam, I answered every question but with less anxiety when it came to some of the more challenging ones. This helped from preventing test anxiety to kick in and take over. The other piece of advice was it was okay to be nervous, it was okay to question your own knowledge but just trust your gut. All of that played in the back of my mind throughout the exam. I climbed my Mt. Everest and now I am blessed with a career that will let me help others climb their own mountains. Thank you TDC!

    TDC prepared me wonderfully. I felt so ready to take the exam the day of! Helped with my knowledge base and my nerves! Perfect combo of exam readiness!

    Dear Staff,
    I am so grateful!! I passed with your program! I
    feel that your program was the driving tool to help me succeed in my LMFT. A dream come true! Your 50 study points were reviewed twice, and it was current and soooo thorough!!
    THANK YOU for such a committed program in investing in the future for professionals going into the field of mental health, as LMFT!
    I DID IT!!
    With great appreciation,

    I previously failed this test after studying with two other programs. This study material was so thorough, taking the test was comfortable and the information came to me easily.
    DeAnna C.

    I am happy to report that I passed. It has been a long journey with not passing on my first attempt, but during the exam, I prayed, stayed confident and relaxed as I was answering questions. TDC over prepares you for the exam which is a good thing; the actually CA MFT exam felt a little easier than the TDC mocks.

    I used TDC for the law & ethics exam IN A PINCH and made it in the knick of time.. literally.. with a few days to spare before my registration expired. Wouldn't recommend it cramming like that. However, old habits die hard. My hours were sent off in August of 2020, but returned for whatever reason so I sent them back in September. Originally, when I sent them off, I was discouraged because I felt like I was set back with time so studying was sporadic. I would study for a week or two then take 3 weeks off.. then a month off... and then around thanksgiving, my hours were approved! I immediately scheduled my exam 3 weeks later because I was done with DMH but knew I wasn't ready and so I pushed it to January 6th. I took all three mocks but didn't listen to rationales or review... nothing! I don't know what I was thinking. Long story short, I failed but I wasn't surprised. So I took a break. A 120-day break, but got back on the ball on Memorial Day weekend and became super strict, as well as intense, with a regimen. The coaches were amazing, Amanda was great, and the whole program was pure goodness. I walked it with confidence, took my break when needed, had my fiancès affirmation on my white board, and MADE SURE TO READ EACH WORD AND TRACE THE ANSWER BACK TO THE VIGNETTE. I've never had it tested or looked at but I'm pretty sure reading comprehension isn't a strong point of mine. Thank you so, so much TDC for sticking with me, extending the program when asked, being fast with responses, and LITERALLY being with me until I passed!!! I love you and don't even know you all personally. Simple thank you for all of your assistance!!

    The study program was excellent. It more than prepared me for the exam.

    TDC materials over prepared me and I am happy that I used their program.

    Once again, TDC, Miss Amanda, you helped me pass another test for my MFT licensure!! I just passed the LMFT Written Clinical Exam after studying with your program for the past four months. In 2017, your program helped me pass my Law and Ethics exam! This program is outstanding, so well designed, and I always felt supported. Your program really preps a person for the exams!!

    It's bittersweet to now move on from this very supportive connection. It's been so meaningful to learn from TDC. Amanda, I'll probably hear your voice in my head from some time! Not is a DSM kind of way though! Instead, hearing your voice as I work with clients, hearing your the reasoning; diagnosing what a client needs, what are next steps.

    Thank you once again!!

    Most sincerely,

    Heidi Mejias

    This is a fantastic program, and doesn't just teach you the material, but teaches you HOW to test. This program was the reason I only took the exam one time. Thank you TDC!

    Thank you so much Amanda! I definitely "took you into the exam with me." I appreciate this course so much! So happy to have passed on the first go!

    I really appreciate TDC working with me even after failing the test a few times. They would send me emails encouraging me and not to give up. I really appreciate the tips on studying, and most of all taking the anxiety of test taking away. TDC Rocks!!!

    Although the test itself was nerve-wracking, I did feel like the TDC program was all that I needed to pass. The knowledge was excellent and the strategies for test-taking were also really critical. Having so many opportunities throughout the program to take mini quizzes, shorter tests and all the way through the mock exams and final mocks - was crucial. You absolutely need to prepare your brain to sit through 4-hour exams. The first two 2.5 hour exams and then the final three 4-hour exams really did prepare me for test day. Use your calendar and commit the time for your study, your mock exams and the reviews. It will probably require some temporary sacrifices of your free time, but the feeling of passing is worth it! Thank you TDC. [=

    I just wanted to give y'all a huge thanks for preparing me to take this beast of a test! What I feel like helped me the most (individual based on what works for you) was the mock exams. I made sure to test with my mask on for the duration of the mock exam (helped tremendously to take it as serious as possible). The questions on both mock exams were spot on to the type of questions you see on the actual exam. Once again, thank you all for everything y'all do! will definitely recommend this test prep to other colleagues.

    I just passed my exam yesterday and I cannot even begin to express my gratefulness for the TDC program and Robin Gluck for her continued support and encouragement!!! The materials more than prepared me for the exam!!! Amanda's lectures were genius and the way she described the DSM and theories are now a permanent and indelible part of my therapist toolkit!!! Thank you TDC - your program is outstanding and I give it 5+ stars!!!!

    Passing this exam was one of the hardest things I've had to do and my greatest accomplishment, besides my children. Even though I have many years of experience I just lack confidence in myself and my abilities. After trying my best and failing the exam once I had to make some serious life changes. TDC has to be the best program out there to prepare you for this test. I continue to recommend TDC to all of my colleagues and those I know studying for this exam. I also recommend following the strategies as best as you can because they really help. Once you know the material, you know it and you can't second guess yourself or play into that self doubt. There was a time when I really didn't think I could PASS this exam but I did and if I can then you can too!!! Dig deep and believe in yourself. The only reason I give this program 4 stars is that I believe we can always get better and I'd love to see things like video/audio lectures and other ways for people to learn besides just audio and handouts. The mocks were so helpful and really helped to build me up for the actual exam. Thank you TDC! Now to enjoy this path in licensure!

    Amazing program, I am so grateful for TDC, it has been such a long journey studying for this exam and if it was not for TDC I would not have passed. The audios were extremely helpful in breaking down the material in a practice digestible way. The mock exams with rationales really prepped me in answering the questions on the actual EXAM. If you are looking for a good test program, look no more!! This is it and worth EVERY PENNY!

    I used TDC to take the MFT Law & Ethics before, and now for my MFT Clinical Exam. My other friends/colleagues also used TDC for both and all passed the first time with both. SO, I used it and took about 6 months off and on to study. I felt that the Mock Exams, all of them, on TDC were much more difficult than the actual MFT Clinical exam, which made the exam much much less stressful during the taking. I felt that TDC over prepares you, which is a great thing I think and allowed me to get all the worst of my testing anxiety out during the mock exams. Also I think it's just a great program to refresh all of the knowledge from grad school and intern years! I particularly loved the Top 50 questions and DSM study portion. I'm still a very slow reader and have ADHD so I got accommodations for the exam, and used every second of the 6 hours they gave me, literally up to the last few seconds, but it was the wealth of knowledge I felt I had packed into my brain (much of which I didn't have to use on the actual exam) that alleviated most of my anxiety throughout the exam!
    Thank you TDC I love all that you have provided and will continue to recommend you to my friends and colleagues who have yet to take their clinical Exams!