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 love the audio format. This format really works for my learning style and as a busy person being able to bring them with me totally saved me. I really do wish they were available offline, maybe in an app? I really appreciate this program.

    After taking both TDC final mock exams I was anxious, even though I passed both, but barely, But once I got to the actual exam and started answering questions I felt much more relaxed and confident as I started working my way through the exam. And, even though some questions were confusing, I felt a growing sense of confidence that I was working my way through the exam efficiently and answering questions correctly.

    I just took the LMFT Clinical Exam and PASSED on first try!!! Such a relief and I am so glad I chose TDC because it was very easy to navigate and so structured providing a study plan. I love it that it was specific and straight to the point and did not provide whole bunch of information that is not needed. I followed their study plan and found it so helpful and did all the steps twice for 3 months. I would definitely recommend TDC because I believe it prepared me so well before the exam that I passed on my first try! Thanks TDC :)

    I've told all my fellow associates to get TDC as it does a phenomenal job preparing you for the exam! As I was taking the actual exam I thought, "Boy, this is easier than either of those last two TDC mock exams were!"

    I highly recommend TDC to our helping professional community seeking licensure. I was able to go at my pace and be able to refresh on skills and knowledge that I needed reminding of. The tips in the study center were very helpful and prepared me to go into the test confident. Thank you Amanda and team for your ongoing commitment to our community!

    Outstanding program!

    Trust the program. I was nervous because I felt like I knew the material but the quizzes and tests didnt know that I scored below 70 on the quizzes and below 58 on Mock1 67 on Mock1 but I trusted what the program said. One of the things that helped me during the exam was remembering that I would probably have moments of feeling like I had no clue what I was doing or if I was going to pass but I remembered that the ambivalence was normal. I followed the suggestions, lean in, breathe, eliminate two, which of the last two cover everything in the stem?, pick one and move on. Just trust the process and remain calm!!! Thank you TDC

    I passed! I got TDC earlier this year and used it for the Law and Ethics Exam and after passing it, I purchased the study package for the clinical exam. What a journey this has been for me and my family. TDC prepares you to the fullest! Listen to Amanda and all that she tells you....remember to not step foot into the "maybe-land." Stay focused and know that you can do it!

    Was nervous to take my exam however once I was there I felt over prepared and finished 30 minutes early. Thanks TDC!

    This program is amazing! I am all about organization and structure and this program is all about that. I like how it is set up into into different categories and steps that you check off as you complete them. It is true when they say is set to over prepare you for the actual exam. You will not feel over prepared when taking the final mock exams, but once you are taking the real exam you will be relieved. Thanks TDC!

    In retrospect I can see how well the course prepared men to sail through the "dreaded exam".
    Can't imagine taking the test with out this preparation!

    This is an amazing program. I truly believe that it is the reason I was able to take and pass this exam. I am a very anxious test taker and have had a very hard time with testing in the past. This program not only solidifies your knowledge of the material necessary, but it truly prepares you for the actual test taking. The mock exams are extremely hard (I didn't do particularly well on any of them--so don't get discouraged!), but I believe taking the mocks, reviewing the rationales, learning from them, and applying what I learned to the next mock is the reason I PASSED!!! I felt comfortable with the process of reading these questions and managing my time during a 4 hour exam. I also cannot say enough good things about the coaches, they respond quickly and are so encouraging. Thank you so much!!!

    TDC is the only thing I used to study. I felt prepared and passed the test on the first try. I have historically had really bad anxiety around test taking, and this program helped me review the material and develop the mindset necessary for success!

    This study package will certainly over-prepare you for the exam. You will be ready to pass. I found it helpful to go through the material 2x, once thoroughly (taking notes, pausing, reviewing) and the second time listening throughout the days leading up to the exam (in the car, while doing other things, etc). I found the audio reviews for the practice tests most helpful for exam. The coaches are extremely helpful, ask them your questions.

    I am very satisfied with the TDC course for the CA clinical exam. I would absolutely recommend this for anyone taking the exam. I felt very prepared, if not over-prepared which is better than the alternative. I cannot thank TDC enough, especially Robin who coached me through this exam as well as the National Exam that I recently passed. Thank you for it all!

    I loved the way this course trained me to think about the material. I had a meltdown during and after taking the mock exams, but I felt totally prepared on the day of the exam. I am thrilled that I passed on my first attempt, and I'm ecstatic that I am now a licensed marriage and family therapist. Thank you, TDC! I will recommend this course to all of my therapist friends who are preparing for their exam.

    I felt really prepared and confident when I completed my exam. I appreciated being able to reach out to a coach to help me with a time management timeline. I would recommend this program to everyone. Thank you!

    I really like the way that this program is set up. All the people that I know are using this system.

    I used TDC and it helped me in every way to pass my exam today! Thank you! It feels so great to be done with this long hard journey! Cheers TDC family..


    Thank you for this program, it was amazing in preparing me for the MFT Clinical exam in California.