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

    Thank you TDC!!!! I passed both my law and ethics and CA LMFT clinical exams on the first try because of your study program. I also highly recommend booking calls with the coaches to give you that extra nudge in the right direction as well.

    TDC was crucial in helping me pass my LMFT exam. The audios, literature and practice tests address all the topics and possible scenarios that can be in the exam. It definitely gives you what you need to be prepared to pass the exam.

    Really appreciate TDC program. The program materials are compact and comprehensive enough for my exam preparation. Not only the quality of the program materials, this program provided psychological support and professional individual coaching for me. When I got the results of the 1st final mock exam, I realized I was not ready for the exam. Anxiety kicked in, and I felt out of control and did not know how to improve and what part I need to focus on. When I reached for help, I got the best assistance beyond my expectation. They responded me right away with a lot of detailed, important, and helpful instructions how and what part I could try along with a lot of encouragement. I felt positive and requested for the individual coaching. Asya analyzed where I was at and gave me specified directions for me, in what area I need to spend time and efforts and how while talking on the phone only for one hour. She sounded confirmed, supportive, and understanding. When I studied following her instruction, I realized it was very effective. For the one week until the real test since one-hour phone call with Asya, I contacted with her shortly through e-mailing. She was very reachable, supportive, and very helpful. At last, I passed the MFT Clinical exam. Without the study materials and personalized coaching help, I cannot see this successful result. Thanks to this program and Asya, I was able to close all the years of study and work. Now, I can start my own practice. Thanks a lot.

    The tutoring I received from Robin was crucial to my passing the first time. It helped me hone in on where I was struggling (reading comprehension) and gain self confidence that I was ready.

    So happy that my colleague recommended your program! My exam was re-scheduled because of the pandemic and I had to take it four months later after being already prepared. I was trying to get it done before school starts as I have two little kids at home and I also struggle with test anxiety... Yet as I was reviewing the material, I realized how well prepared I still felt; the process of teaching us to 'reason' vs. memorize and also link everything together was invaluable to me. I was able to go into the test feeling confident and "leaning in!" Thank you!

    My journey was I realized I was not preparing for the exam properly. It too Amanda reeling me in and motivating me. That's is the best part of TDC Amanda" it felt personable as if I had a team of support.

    Thank you a million times!!!!!!

    I am glad I used TDC for both my L&E, and Clinicals. This program is very thorough, and truly prepares you for the real exam. Thanks to all the coaches for all your help!

    Thank you so much TDC and the coaches for all of your support!! Honestly, the pep talk from the coaches and my own self-talk helped so much!!! I believed my own words that "I WILL pass," and I did!! What helped so much too was practicing taking the mock exams like I would actual test day, same time, with a mask on (due to Covid) and eating a small snack during my break! I took this course twice around and scheduled my exam 5 days after my final mock. Everything has remained fresh in my brain and I am so happy! Thank you again TDC!

    Thank you very much for your great help. I felt very nervous and anxious on the day but the actual exam was way easier than TDC mocks!

    I passed my MFT clinical exam. Thank you Asya for the support and Robin for suggesting for me to take a break when I initially didn't pass. Mock Final exam 1 and 2 were more challenging compared to the actual test.
    What helped me was saying I am going to PASS everyday and working out each day. I studied for a total of 2 months about 4 hours per day. I listened to the theory lectures and the code of ethics several times.
    Final mock 1 I got 52% and Final mock I got 71%.

    Had I not purchased the TDC MFT Exam Prep, I probably would have flunked!
    Thank you.

    I felt fully prepared prior to taking the exam! The experienced the LMFT exam as much easier in comparison to the TDC Final Mock exams. I highly recommend this program and fully believe it is worth the expense.

    I was super well prepared and crammed the whole program into 3 weeks and still passed my first time!

    TDC really prepared me to use sound clinical judgement when reviewing each vignette. I felt nervous but prepared and competent! I’m so thankful to TDC for all of the training and exam prep! It’s definitely worth the investment! Thank you!!


    Wow, what a long an exhausting (mentally and emotionally) journey. I started in my MFT program in 2015, graduated in 2017 and passed the clinical exam today, 07/30/2020. TDC was the only study prep program I used and one coaching call with Nancy. TDC fits my way of studying perfectly as I am a visual and audio learner so when I was able to read and hear the rationales, that was perfect. Amanda really breaks down the content you need to know for the test in a way that does not seem overwhelming. Thank you so much!!!!

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    The mocks were really hard. I failed them both... Don’t get discouraged, go over all the miss questions and find out why. I ran out of time on the test and I had to leave 11 questions blank! I still passed! So, I am assuming I did really well on the other ones. The questions were very similar to the study material!

    I was so scared I would not pass because of all the stress from COVID-19, everything happening in the world, I'm six months pregnant, and I have personal family issues going on. I followed the TDC and trusted it like I did for the law and ethics (which I passed the law and ethics the first time) and I was able to pass the LMFT the first time. I believe TDC is worth the money and I felt prepared. Thank you!! :)

    Thankful for this comprehensive study program, it helped me feel prepared and confident on test day!