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 want to thank TDC for the amazing study material. I was so nervous when I got to the mock tests because I did not score well and I emailed the coaches completely discouraged. The coaches knew exactly what to say. I reviewed the questions I got wrong and went over the topics I needed more support with. I followed exactly what Amanda recommended when it came to sitting for the test. I took my snack and water, took a break at 100 questions and read through exactly what the questions was asking. On 2/14/2021 I passed and become Licensed. I am recommending TDC to everyone.

    TDC is excellent. I felt overprepared for the exam, and that's a good place to be! I found the lectures to be very helpful, and honestly I believe going through this course has made me into a first-rate clinician. Thanks Amanda and everyone at TDC!

    TDC promised that their program was up-to-date and would over-prepare me for my clinical exam; they delivered! I had little to no anxiety on the exam and had great time management. Amanda knows what she's doing but she stumbles a lot on her explanations. My only suggestion to make this program flawless is for the audio materials to be rerecorded.

    I previously used another study material from a very popular agency. I am not a good self-starter with daunting tasks and thus I did not study enough the previous times and didn't even know HOW to study for such a large and important exam. I found TDC's study material to be so helpful and so approachable. I carved out time each day to study and remained engaged during my study sessions. The quick studies made it easy for me to create a study binder to take with me whenever away from my computer. I definitely owe it to TDC and the very logical and approachable study system for helping me pass my clinical exam. Thank you SO much!

    TDC was the light in the dark. It allowed information to be shared and retained in various learning styles. Although we are aware that it feels like we are failing , I felt confident in knowing my material and hearing Amanda’s voice all the way through. Without a doubt I would use this prep over and over again.

    Thank you for your incredible program! I am so relieved to be on the other side of this long process and am so grateful to have had such a great program to help me prepare. The mock tests helped to get me thinking through a lens that felt very applicable when I took the test. Although I still had feelings of uncertainty going into the exam, the pep talks and encouragement you provided helped me to overcome my worry and focus on my test carefully. So much appreciation and excitement, thank you!

    Thank you for your incredible program! I am so relieved to be on the other side of this long process and am so grateful to have had such a great program to help me prepare. The mock tests helped to get me thinking through a lens that felt very applicable when I took the test. Although I still had feelings of uncertainty going into the exam, the pep talks and encouragement you provided helped me to overcome my worry and focus on my test carefully. So much appreciation and excitement, thank you!

    TDC really came through, and I am grateful and relieved to have passed my first time. While knowing the material is necessary, understanding and using the strategies is arguably equally if not more important. Also, managing anxiety is paramount. If you want additional support, even explanations for the mock exam rationales, Robin is great.

    I found this course to be very useful. I also utilized a coach through TDC. Asya was wonderful! I recommend her highly. Her knowledge of the material is encyclopedic, she's supportive, kind, encouraging and funny. Thanks TDC!!!

    This exam prep was extremely helpful in preparing me for my LMFT clinical exam! The test tips and strategies helped me pass the exam on my first try! I highly recommend it :).

    I passed the LMCE on the first try! I focused on the TDC study program and got great results-- if anything I think I may have been over prepared. Highly recommend the program to anyone who likes to learn by doing; the practice tests and rationales were so beneficial to my success. Thank you TDC!

    WORTH every penny!! I have testing anxiety and this program NAILED everything to prepare you for the exam. The mock exams are harder in my option than the exam which really helped during the exam. I felt well prepared and confident. I reached out to coach Robin for support and she provided effective strategies for me to conquer and feel confident. I 100% recommend this program!! Thank you Amanda and Robin!

    I PASSED!!!! TDC was amazing!! It was a crazy journey but I’m so grateful I passed!!! When I received a 64% on the Final Mock II, I considered rescheduling, but knowing that I had followed the study guide and listened to the audios on my commute as much as I could, I chose to keep it!! The audios of the Mock Exams and Final Mock Exams really helped me!!! I loved TDC!!!! It was very organized, easy to follow, and I learned so much!!! I had Amanda’s voice in my head during the test and finished with just over 3 minutes left! The tips TDC provides helped me with time management. Thank you TDC and Amanda!!

    I completed the program in 6 weeks and passed the first time! I only used TDC.

    I believe this course should be required after completing a Master's program as it helps to consolidate all of the information learned during your studies. This course also helps to consolidate all the information you have gathered while attaining your 3000 hours of clinical experience. This course will definitely help you pass the LMFT exam and will reinforce your learning from all of your years of study and practice. I highly recommend it!

    After trying other programs, TDC helped me to PASS. I spent years with other programs with no good results. I am extremely grateful. Thank You So Much.

    TDC is all you need! I went through the entire program once. Despite being a nervous wreck and feeling like my mock scores were too low... TDC over-prepared me for the exam. I am so grateful for this program. The first half of the exam actually felt easy in comparison to the mocks. Believe in yourself and attack the test as Amanda says. I kept reminding myself to "lean in" when I got tired and it made a world of difference. Thank you TDC.

    I felt completely prepared for the exam and passed the first time! Amazing program!

    TDC did exactly as I hoped and prepared me to pass the exam. All the tips, tricks and study materials were excellent but most of all it built the confidence in me that I knew the material and I was going to pass.

    I could not have passed this exam without TDC. It is the best program. So grateful for TDC!