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 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!

    Definitely feel like TDC over prepares you for the exam so when taking the exam I actually felt like it was easy compared to the mocks in TDC which was a relief.

    I had failed twice using Grossman and was fearful I would fail again. However , utilizing TDC helped me to understand the dry content of theoretical information in layman's terms. Very happy with your study program!

    Preparing for the exam during COVID was challenging and uncertain. After my first test date was cancelled, I was concerned that it would happen again. Also, I wasn't doing amazingly on the mock exams (just barely passing each one). So needless to say I was anxious the week of the exam. The testing center had significant internet challenges and I was cut off 5 times throughout the exam. I can't say that these technical difficulties reduced my anxiety in an way. However, I found that Amanda's pep talk and the reminders about pace and the phrase "pay attention to the question stem" were my saving grace during the exam. I am happy to say that I passed the exam! Thanks TDC!

    I passed at 37 weeks pregnant in the middle of a global pandemic, thanks to your program!!! I felt prepared and confident going in.

    I had some fits and starts for my exam date to due things out my control, and additionally was studying during a highly stressful time. I became worried that I wasn't taking in the exam materials well enough to pass, so I purchased another popular study program. I have to say that the TDC materials, Mock Exams, and coaching through the program were far superior to the competitors I also started to work through. Once I realized this, I stopped doing the other study prep program and just stuck to the TDC materials, timeline, and mocks. I am very, very glad I did as the TDC Mock exams most closely resembled the actual final exam, and I passed my first exam attempt with a few minutes to spare. I am very grateful I do not have to schedule and study for this exam again! Thank you TDC!

    TDC was an amazing program to use! I felt as though it covered all the material needed to pass the test along with very accurate mock exams and overall encouragement along the way. I would highly recommend this program. I also used a TDC coach, Robin, a week before my test and she was amazing at pointing at individual and small details in my test taking to help me boost my confidence and help my scores. Thank you so much TDC!

    I am so thrilled to say I passed my CCE! I know that TDC prepared me fully to take the test. I know the test changes, but in my experience the TDC mocks were harder than the actual exam. I felt pretty confident throughout the test. I am so thankful I used TDC and would definitely recommend the program for test prep!

    I can't believe I can finally sign LMFT after my name! Thank you so much TDC for your expertise in preparing me for this beast of an exam! This program does not compare to anything else in the market. Hands on, personable, and super easy to follow.! I felt super prepared for the actual exam and completed well before the 4 hour mark. Thank you for helping me build my confidence and attack the exam TDC fam!

    Wow TDC prepared me so well for the exam! Not only with the actual content but with the emotional component as well. The mock exams were great and the rationales provided were SO so helpful! It really trains you how to think for the exam. And how to prepare emotionally to not get tripped up on hard questions. I am so so grateful! I passed on the first try!!! Thank you!

    I think TDC prepared very well for me to take the test. After reviewing the mocks and final mocks, reviewing the previous material one more time. It helped me to pass the final exam. Robin helped me with some really good strategies like "focus what you know in the vignette", and focus on reviewing the final mocks before you go on to your exam. By going through the course, it trained me how to think (the way exam wants you to think) in the exam. I feel during the exam, after I read the first few sentences, I can guess what they are trying to test. I definitely see a lot of familiar questions on the real exam. The real exam is more easier than what we have been practiced in TDC. It is very easy to rule out answers after TDC training. There is so much to say more to say about how TDC helps me pass the test. It just very get-to-the-point, I feel.

    TDC helped me pass my Law & Ethics exam, so I decided to go with TDC again for the MFT clinical exam, which I passed BOTH the first time. I am definitely a non-traditional learner that is prone to high test anxiety, so I definitely appreciate TDC's approach on how to learn the concepts, reason your way through the questions, and manage anxiety. I've had other colleagues that had additional materials on top of TDC, but for me, there wasn't any reason to add anything else because I thought it would be excessive to learn extensive concepts beyond what TDC offered. I was definitely really discouraged by both of the final mock exams thinking I would not pass this test, but was relieved discovering that both those final mocks were harder than the actual test. From those mocks I learned from my mistakes, discovered errors I've made with how I read the vignettes, and reached out to a coach when I had questions. I would definitely highly recommend this course to anyone taking this exam.

    TDC does an incredible job of going over every single topic that you will need to know without making you feel completely overwhelmed. I was very nervous going into the exam, but I knew that I was well prepared. I took Amanda's calming voice into the room with me and I PASSED on the first try! Thanks so much for all of the help, TDC!

    I was BEYOND prepared with this program. The multiple angles from which each topic was covered was extremely helpful. In addition, going over the test rationales was also helpful in understanding how to think and what to pay attention to. The how to study and test taking tips were also very beneficial when I was actually taking the exam and helping work through answer stems. Could not have felt more prepared! Thank God for TDC!

    Thank you for the organized study materials TDC provided for us. The LMFT exam questions are very similar to the first three mock tests. I wish BBS would consider a break time for this exam because timing is very limited. Time management skills for the tests would be beneficial if it is provided by TDC for the future exam candidates. Thanks!