California MFT Clinical Exam

California MFT Clinical Exam
Price: $375.00

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!


    MFT Clinical Exam Prep FAQs

    What is the Average Pass Rate for the California Clinical MFT 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!

    What is the structure of the MFT Clinical Exam?

    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.

    What is the passing score on the MFT Clinical Exam?

    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.

    What is the application processing time for the California Clinical MFT 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.

    How do I apply for accommodations with the BBS?

    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.

    What information is tested on the California Clinical MFT Exam?

    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.

    When will I be eligible to take the California MFT Clinical Exam?

    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)

    What do I do once I successfully PASS the California MFT Clinical Exam?

    1. Celebrate this awesome achievement!
    2. Submit application for your initial license.
    3. Continue receiving supervision until your license is issued.



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    Course Reviews

    I found TDC extremely helpful. The organization of the material and the step by step checking off system was especially convenient for someone easily distracted like me. I passed the exam on the first try although I found myself questioning whether or not I was passing (a common feeling per Amanda's reminder) when taking the test. I brought Amanda in with me whenever I felt stuck and "leaned in" to the exam, as recommended. I took a quick 5 minute break which I found helpful also! The coaches were also great and prompt in answering my questions throughout my studying! Thank you TDC! I am soooo unbelievably relieved!

    I liked how everything was broken up in sections. The law and ethics, diversity, theories, etc. It made it easier to navigate when trying to answer my own questions after mocks. This was a definitely a journey that I would had not been able to do without TDC. Thank you!

    A great program that I would recommend to anyone preparing for the LMFT exam. I not only passed the exam on my first attempt; I also enhanced my clinical skills and knowledge. Special thank you to coach Robin, who came through for me on short notice when I was debating postponing my exam. Her encouragement and reassurance led me to take it as scheduled and it's such a relief to have it completed. Thank you!!

    I am pleased to say that I passed my LMFT. I originally pushed my test date back one week due to uncertainty. It was at that point that I reached out to my coach, Robin Gluck. Robin calmed my anxiety by breaking down the answer sets, taught me how to 'read' the vignette(s) without adding or omitting things, but most of all Robin's calm presence and genuineness is what made my overall experience with TDC a great one. I highly recommend this program.

    The materials covered all components of the exam, and gave real life examples of what you would see in your office. The audios continuously reminded you to "picture yourself with the client in the room". This was very helpful in determining how you would realistically handle a situation, and put steps in order, etc. I also found all the pep talks very empowering as well as hearing that you might feel unsure of your answers on the mock exams as well as the actual exam. Knowing this is a common experience and "leaning in" to the test was very helpful!

    I just want to say that my experience was long and difficult. I am grateful to TDC for their support and their program. This course taught me so much and definitely assisted me in preparing to answer questions for the real exam.

    TDC really stuck by me for years of struggling, failing and starting over. The coaches offered me a lot of support around study strategies and test anxiety. The study materials are so comprehensive, the tone in which they're delivered is so gentle and thoughtful, and I credit the practice tests most with helping me pass. I passed Law and Ethics a few months ago, and finally passed the Clinical Exam this week. I'm so relieved, and grateful to TDC. Now that I'm licensed I will continue to use them for my CE's!

    This has been a LONG journey! I am so grateful for this program! A few days before the exam, I experienced tremendous anxiety and doubt, which was such an anomaly because throughout the studying I remained GODfident and continued believing that I was passing. My anxiety went through the roof when I got a 50% on one of the four hour Final Mocks. I tried taking the 2nd Final Mock and was unable to finish it (so, yes I completely bombed it!). All of that... BUT GOD! I sensed that I needed to put down my study materials, do some self care, which for me involves praying and exercising. I exercised the day of the test, mediated on the love of my good good Father. I felt God's presence in such a tangible way I knew I was going to pass! During the test, I took my 5 minute break at question 91, drank my juice and trail mix. I actually finished the test in 3 hours! God is good! Honestly, the test was easier than the actual tests provided by TDC. TDC helped to overprepare me for this test and I am so grateful. I passed this test on the first time! Praise the Lord! Thank you Lord for such an amazing company like TDC who is committed to preparing and helping license eligible people navigate such a difficult and even stressful process!!

    I believe the TDC program was thorough and spot on, from the topics that were covered to the sense of uncertainty mentioned that one experiences when taking the exam. Having knowledge of this was instrumental in providing a greater sense of calm during the exam! I was also able to better rationalize through the series of questions as I utilized Amanda's strategies to eliminate wrong answers and differentiate between the stronger ones. I would highly recommend this program to future clinicians and I'm grateful that this program exists and has provided additional information that has made me a better clinician. Thank You!!!

    I believe the TDC program was thorough and spot on, from the topics that were covered to the sense of uncertainty mentioned that one experiences when taking the exam. Having knowledge of this was instrumental in providing a greater sense of calm during the exam! I was also able to better rationalize through the series of questions as I utilized Amanda's strategies to eliminate wrong answers and differentiate between the stronger ones. I would highly recommend this program to future clinicians and I'm grateful that this program exists and has provided additional information that has made me a better clinician.

    I have been continually impressed by TDC, a study support/resource which aptly prepared me for the Law & Ethics exam, and now, more recently, for the MFT licensing exam. I was prepared for the psychological aspects of the exam, i.e. the external and internal anxieties, to the extent that I did not actually feel anxious as predicted or have the feeling that I was failing. I was inspired by the recommendation that we go into the starting position of the exam with an “aggressive” and positive, present-centered attitude. My acceptance of a potential uncomfortable feeling “that I was failing” turned out to be a sort of Strategic paradoxical intervention. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at question 100 and had more time remaining than I did on any of the mock exams. I felt prepared to eliminate obvious “rule outs” and narrow down the choices so that I was looking closely at the stem of the question and noticing what was a stand out answer. Everything that was recommended and reviewed was pertinent. I believe what I enjoyed most about the study process was the recommended use of imagery, i.e. seeing the client(s) in the office, and my increased awareness that I am a part of a craft where lines are often grey and flexible, less the concrete laws and ethical standards. I feel fortunate to have had such an organized study resource available to me; more so, I felt the support of a coaching crew who inspired the integrity of my discipline and study habits.

    I loved that there was access to different ways to learn the material (audio, worksheets, quizzes) as well as test taking strategies. I passed on my first try and I believe it was due to this amazing study program. I have already recommended it to all of my colleagues.

    Well worth every penny. Really comprehensive outline of each of the potential topics on the test. I almost felt over prepared once in testing since the test questions were much more vague than the prep. It was really helpful to be able to review the course as many times as I felt I needed within the timeframe allotted and to target my weaker knowledge areas when I went back to review the course after my first run through. TDC helped me pass both exams needed for my LMFT license in CA and the National LMFT exam in Texas all on the first try! Thanks to the team at TDC and Amanda for all of her tips and personal anecdotes that helped bring the subject mater to life.

    Studying for the LMFT exam has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I am very grateful to TDC and how helpful/supportive/efficient the program was in my journey to becoming licensed. This program did not only help me prepare for the exam but also taught me so many skills that have helped me grow as a clinician. I truly recommend this program. Thank you TDC!

    TDC was the best investment I could have made to help me pass the law and ethics and clinical exams the first go around. The program truly teaches you to think correctly and manage anxiety- the two things most needed to pass, not so much memorization. Amanda is an incredibly gifted clinician and teacher and I will always be thankful for how her way of explaining things clicked with me. Thank you also to Robin who answered all of my many emails. This test is difficult and feels surreal but the mocks are the best preparation, even more so than just memorizing things. For some reason it did feel like I was failing but yet there’s also this underlying confidence I had that I would not ultimately fail because I knew this stuff! The law and ethics portions were a breeze since I still remembered the material from that course a while back, that shows that the way Amanda teaches actually sticks. I feel this experience has grown my confidence tremendously as a LMFT!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    TDC was an amazing support and help becoming prepared for the clinical exam. Just in case, I had a coaching session with Robin and it was so informative and gave me the courage I needed to face the exam. Thank you to the team and thank you, Robin, for your patience, guidance, and insight!

    I was extremely nervous in taking this test because it’s a test based on rationales but with Amanda in my head I felt confident. I also took the advice and wrote down phrases for different theories to help me rule out answers quickly. I made it with one minute to spare and couldn’t be more excited! Thank you TDC

    TDC was fantastic. I felt extremely organized and prepared for the California LMFT Clinical Exam. Amanda does a great job helping you break down the questions so that you can really understand what the exam is asking you. The mocks definitely feel harder than the actual test so you really go in feeling confident and prepared. Thank you so much! I could not have passed without TDC!

    The TDC program was so helpful with preparing you how to think about the test, which I felt was the most important factor during my exam. I also felt that the topics were adequately covered without having to over study for the exam. Thanks TDC!

    TDC worked for me. the mock exams and quizzes helped me figure out what I needed to study further. I listened to some lectures multiple times. By exam day, I knew I was ready.