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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    I truly appreciate the honest feedback I received from TDC coaches Aysa and Robin. It was very helpful in learning how to conceptualize the presenting problems and manage my anxiety. I definitely recommend TDC to anyone preparing for LMFT exam.

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    I highly encourage you use TDC for your exam needs! Every topic is thoroughly covered and easy to digest. By the end of the course, I felt confident that I would pass the LMFT Clinical Written exam AND I DID!!! I had the coaches in the back of my mind, throughout the exam, and was able to use the strategies given to reach this milestone.

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    Absolutely, I want to express my gratitude for all the material that was well presented and covered all of the important areas that made it easier for me in taking the exam. I had little to no anxiety; I followed Amanda's advice and leaned into the exam. I felt well prepared and confident. I have already recommended your software training to my friends. I am so happy, tired and relieved to have passed.

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    I studied solely with the TDC program for 6 weeks. I basically followed the Sample Schedule they provided because that worked fine for me. Here is what I did wrong though in my process: I barely gave myself a break in the week leading up to the exam, because my work load at my full time job happened to get very busy in the 2 weeks leading up to my exam, and I didn't want to reschedule the exam date. So falling behind in the study program meant cramming in every single day in the week leading up to my exam, which resulted in a panicky, nerve-shot 4 long hours. *Follow her advice.* Give yourself at least 3 days leading up to the exam to take walks, relax, and keep your nervous system regulated. If you need to reschedule to accommodate for your life goings-on, I recommend that. But I passed and at this point that's all I care about! TDC prepared me well, and I didn't open a single notebook or textbook from grad school. I loved that this is a study program meant to be your exclusive one-stop shop. It delivered. Thanks to Amanda and the whole TDC crew for what you do! I'm a licensed psychotherapist!

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    In studying for the Law and Ethics and Clinical exams I followed TDC's study guides and methods to the t.
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    TDC has a great schedule for studying. I felt organized with the studying materials, which helped me feel ready for the test. I think the biggest benefit of TDC is that the mock tests are designed to be more challenging than the actual test. So, on test day I felt confident and felt little struggle with the actual vignettes. I would recommend to others who are studying for their license.

    Thank you! TDC over prepared me for the exam and I passed! I am very grateful to Asya and the whole TDC program. Thank you!

    I signed up with a tutor last minute because I was feeling unprepared. Her tips and help were invaluable to me. The program plus the tutor gave me the confidence, strategy, skills, information, and anxiety management to pass the test my first time!!! Yay, so glad that's over:)

    I would recommend TDC to all my colleagues. It over-prepares you for the exam. Do not get discouraged by your scored on mock exams. If you passed or nearly passed, you are ready. The real exam felt easier than the mock exams. So glad I felt over-prepared than under-prepared. Take advantage of contacting a coach. Take a break.

    What TDC offers feels like a crash course on everything I learned in grad school and I finished with knowledge that will help me be a better clinician. I failed the exam the first time after 2 cancellations by Pearson due to Covid-19 and my heightened level of anxiety around safety and "fogged up" glasses while wearing a mask. Both Robin and Asya on the coaching team was very supportive offering many resources and suggestions via email. I scheduled a coaching session with Asya who was very helpful and reassuring.

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