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 used TDC for my Law and Ethics and Clinical exam for my MFT licensing preparation and had great success with both. As a neuro-diverse learner, TDC worked really well for my learning needs/style. I found that listening to the lectures while taking notes, helped the information sink in for the test as well as my clinical practice. The practice exams were so helpful in preparing me to the real exam (although more challenging than the actual exam!). For an exam like this, learning strategy and tools for how to sit with feeling uncomfortable or anxious was about 80% of the battle - TDC fully prepared me!

    I know for sure that I would not have passed had I not used this course. The mock tests are worth it just to get you prepared for the real life experience. I had hesitations after I took the final mocks and thought I was not at the right number. I got extra support from the coaches with last minute tips and it helped to push me over the top. If you are not a test taker, this is the best money you will spend to get your license.

    The TDC program was extremely helpful because it helped me in so many ways. It helped me to stay focused while studying and to take complete control over my time. The test taking strategies, Amanda and staff gave me by talking me through the scenarios and questions were very helpful in preparing me for my MFT Clinical Exam.

    Thank you TDC!

    This program was and IS AMAZING. If you're someone who needs to have structure, audios, handouts and tutors available for questions, then this is the program for you. I had used Gerry Grossman to study for the Law and Ethics exam and that sufficed. I passed that exam the first time around and thought that GG would help me study for the MFT exam. I could not have been MORE wrong. GG did not help me study or, more importantly, teach me HOW to study. As someone who has ADHD and a specific learning disability, I need to have structure and guidance on how to navigate studying, reading comprehension and test-taking skills. TDC did all of that and more! And it was amazing to have tutors on hand to help! I cannot praise this program enough. Thank you to everyone who helped make this program possible and to those that keep it up and running! You guys are AMAZING!

    TDC is a well organized and efficient way to study for the LMFT clinical exam. The way it is structured makes it easy to know what you need to know for the test.

    Thank you so much for helping and preparing me so that I could successfully pass on my first try! The program works if you use it the way it’s intended.

    Like many people im sure i did not initially pass this exam. In fact, I failed it twice once by a few points the second time by a lot more. Even though i had purchased this program i really don't know if i utilized it correctly and so i didn't pass. But , i knew there was really good information on this platform. After i failed i was embarrassed to let my colleuges and friends know that i failed again and was even more reluctant to call and ask for an extension because i know i was not working the program the correct way. The team at TDC have been nothing but supportive and available to me as i needed. The ability to get extensions without hassle were really helpful to me. I even got an email that said "we are with you until you pass." I really appreciated that. The thing that i felt got me through this last time is all of the test anxiety tips and preparations. Strategies, like take us in the room with you and to remember you don't need 100% to pass this test were so helpful this time around. Whenever i felt anxiety with a question i had no idea about i used the strategies i learned plus my own experience and coupled that with you don't need 100% to pass and the testing experience was totally different. I appreciate that. Lastly, haven take the test 3 times and seeing the evolution of the test, the TDC study material, practice test, and mock exams also evolved and i felt as prepared and as confident as i ever have this time around. Thanks for all you do!

    Great program! Challenged me to be more than prepared for exam day. The Mock questions were harder than the actually exam itself; which helped me maintain a good test pace and confidence in my answers. Stick with the program they have it down to a science!

    I felt this system taught me how to study, the actual license exam was almost the same as the practice tests and I was mentally prepared for the "trick" questions because I knew what to look for.

    I highly doubt I would have passed this exam without TDC! Huge thank you to all the coaches and particularly Robin for being so responsive and helpful throughout this entire process. I’m so happy I passed my exam on the first try!

    Definitely left me fully prepared for the test. The little tips about test taking and how to prepare for the things outside the test were super helpful. Knowing what to expect psychologically was key to me feeling prepare for the test.

    The actual test was easier than the TDC Mock exams because the vignettes were shorter. The topics on the exam were all covered in TDC. I felt very prepared.

    The best Study material, I passed on my first try.

    Thank you TDC for the support with this big test. The audio, mock tests and layout really prepared me. Once I worked through my anxiety I was confident in the testing room. The timer.. not to run out of time was a big issue for me. I was able to break it down like the study guide suggests which calmed my nerves. TDC covers every angle. Thanks again!
    Plan to use TDC for the national test as well.

    Absolutely cannot imagine going into this test with out TDC preparation. This program is rigors but it, at least for me, really got the job done. I have been telling all my colleagues to use this program, but they already know to use it!

    The agency I work for only recommends TDC for MFT and SW exam prep. Friends of mine have used other programs such as Gerry Grossman, became frustrated with the structure of the program and turned to TDC to finish preparing for the exam. Amanda is an excellent teacher! Her audio lectures are clear and concise. She really helps you understand theories, DSM review , and legal and ethical issues. She teaches you how to properly read the question vignettes so you can easily know what the vignette is asking and the BEST option to select as your answer. TDC staff update the program frequently to make sure it is up to date to match what is currently being tested. Coach Robin answered any questions I had in a timely manner, and TDC even gave me an extension on the program due to COVID-19 delays. I will definitely use TDC for my CEU requirements. Thank you Amanda, Robin, and the rest of the TDC staff. Your hard work is truly appreciated!

    TDC covers everything you need in order to pass. I made personal flash cards and memorized all diagnoses and theories presented by TDC, but the most important thing was taking the mock exams and studying all rationals. Don’t solely rely on your clinical experience. This test is rational based and learning how to take it, is what really matters. Shoutout to Robin who answered my questions, set me at ease, and wished me luck on the day of the exam. By the way, the updated Final Mock 2 is EXACTLY like the real test - good job TDC! In fact, some of the questions were identical.

    I cannot recommend this course enough! I felt super prepared. I walked into taking the exam with confidence and even felt RELAXED. I know. Whaaaaat?!? Thanks to the whole TDC team for being so thorough, clear and encouraging. THANK YOU!!!!!!

    The TDC carried through my law and ethics and clinical exam. The structure of the program, handouts, quizzes, and tests reinforce all you need for the exam. The recording are super helpful and the coaches always answered my questions in detail and fast.

    TDC was extremely helpful in providing a comprehensive overview of the mass amounts of material covered in the exam. The tips I learned, such as looking for key words, and framing helped me a ton.