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

    Felt well prepared! Exam questions are similar in wording and content to TDC mock exams.

    Thank you so MUCH to the TDC Team!!! I PASSED!!!!!!!!!! I practiced for almost one month and re-listened to parts of the program that I had a hard time understanding. I felt defeated at time since I did not do as well on Mock exams but the rationales really helped me understand the questions, answers and overall material! The actual exam was very hard and very challenging, but like Amanda said I tried to stay positive the whole test and I felt like I was 100% prepared. Thanks to TDC! I only used TDC to study and it was totally worth it! I highly recommend this program to anyone who is more I visually learned and the lectures/ rationales are amazing! Thanks!!!

    The time spent going through the TDC program was completely worth it! I tend to get pretty strong test anxiety and I will read questions over and over, not being able to remember anything I just looked at. Well, sure enough, that happened to me on the day of the test but because of all of the techniques that TDC taught me for efficiently moving through the exam I was able to take a snack break and finish all 170 questions with twenty minutes to spare (faster than I had finished any of the TDC mock exams). I cannot give enough praise for how much TDC emphasizes HOW to take the test and what a difference that makes when needing to narrow down answers quickly. Thank you TDC!!

    TDC made all of the difference in my studying. Being able to limit the information to exactly what the exam tested made studying very manageable and program fully covered everything I was tested on in the exam. I followed the suggestions for studying and test day, and asked for additional one on one coaching from the wonderful Asya and I passed! So grateful for all of the support TDC offered.

    I really enjoyed using TDC. The program was easy to follow and helped me pass the first time! I would recommend to anyone looking to pass their LMFT exam!

    This program adequately prepared me for the exam. Actually, I felt that the Final Prep Exam was much more difficult than the actual testing exam.
    Thanks for you help!

    TDC stood with me the entire time. I am forever grateful for the study materials that helped me get to licensure!

    The questions were much like the actual exam so I felt prepared enough to pass. I was quickly able to narrow down my answers to two and then processed through them to find the correct answer. The breakdown of the top 50 in this course is amazing! Her voice is soothing to listen to and I could hear her with me in the exam room!

    Overall, this program helped me past! I think the key aspects here that were VERY supportive and helpful for me were how to use diagnostics comparatively, and some of the theory stuff. Thank you TDC!!!!

    TDC was very organized and made studying manageable. It covered all the information you will need to know for the Exam and then some. I would highly recommend this study program!

    Your program came highly recommended from other therapists I know who used it and passed the exam. I'm very glad I took their advice. The program fully prepared me with it's extensive content and most importantly it taught me how to think. The mock exams were very similar to the actual exam and were invaluable in preparing me to take and pass the exam. Thank you so much for creating such a great program!

    I absolutely passed because of TDC!! I tried both Gerry Grossman and AATBS. Only TDC worked for me. It gives both ways of learning - visual and auditory! The combination of the two was perfect for me! Following the guidance from beginning to end is really important and a NO FAIL way to go! I did just as you said - I listened to the Pep Talk TWICE before going to the exam. I took your voice in with me. It was unbelievable how much easier the test was for me! I had such high test anxiety the other times I tried, but not this time. I cannot thank you enough! I will recommend TDC to all of my colleagues and I look forward to using more of your training products.

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    I used AATABS for my graduate capstone exam, and it didn't really help me to learn, plus all the extra materials were very confusing. I attempted to use some of the AATABS material in conjunction with TDC, but it didn't work out, and I gave up on it. For my law and ethics exam I used Gerry Grossman, but it was only mock exams (this was helpful, but again I didn't learn). I love how the TDC study material was setup. This year I had some bumps in the road, and I went a few months between studying because of it, but I was able to pick it back up easily due to the setup. Thank you for being with me through my exam, a voice of calm, my sounding board, and ongoing encouragement. I could not have passed without TDC. Everyone so far at my facility that has used TDC has passed their first time taking the exam. I will keep on encouraging everyone to go through TDC.

    The exam is definitely a beast! Your stamina is tested for sure. This program did a superb job of training my mind to appreciate the stress and lean into it versus push back! Passed on the first shot with approximately 30 mins to spare. I would say keep moving through the exam and not getting caught up on difficult questions is a MUST! Mark the questions you are super uncertain about and come back at the end. I realized the few questions I “marked” were not enough to sink my score and that was a huge stress relief during the exam.

    TDC assisted me for preparing for the most anxiety provoking exam I've ever taken and I am eternally grateful. The method which TDC utilized triggered my brain to recall every similar case I had ever worked on, reminded me of various personal experiences and encouraged my brain to use the deductive reasoning necessary to pick each answer accordingly. This course is well worth the money spent for the peace of mind provided!!

    TDC is amazing. I felt so prepared with the knowledge provided. I took the course 2 times, mock scores were 75, 71, 71, 50, and 70 and I finally passed my second time! My biggest challenge was time management which was why I failed the first time around, however, I was able to re-do the program and really take the time I needed to prepare. Biggest lesson was probably not to plan a wedding and study at the same time :) Amanda is an amazing facilitator, just do everything she says and you will pass!

    TDC prepares you appropriately. The test is hard and the team really prepares you for how hard it will feel. I also really think my additional coaching session with Asya made all the difference! Thank you!!

    Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful resource! I felt confident during the test that I was answering questions correctly. The mock exams really helped me prepare and mimicked the questions I saw on the exam to a great degree. I couldn't give this program any higher praise and would definitely recommend to any colleagues who need to take this test!

    The course is very taxing! but worth it! I enjoyed the support from fb groups, the videos on the study guide and the 1:1 with Aysa.