California MFT Clinical Exam
Price: $375.00

CALIFORNIA 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!



    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

    TDC's MFT law and ethics and clinical exam prep was extremely helpful. My initial test date was cancelled due to COVID 19 so and added layer of uncertainty was present in deciding what timeline to use to continue to prepare. Then I did the first final mock exam and I was terrified at how poorly I scored. Thankfully I was able to talk with a friend who used TDC and passed the first time and I had very encouraging email correspondence with the TDC staff in the 3-4 days leading u to my exam date. For sure I would recommend sticking with the timeline TDC suggests and you will likely be less stressed if you allow time for yourself to go through the material 2x. end of story... I passed on the first attempt!! Thank you TDC for the time and effort you put in to your product and customer service, you're a God send!!!!

    Initially, I was really worried about taking the exam, especially when my mock exam scores were less than inspiring, but listening to the lectures over and over and constantly reviewing the material gave me the confidence I needed to succeed. Ultimately, it came down to being comfortable with the material and focusing on the actual taking of the test. Thank you again!

    I knew after using TDC for my Law & Ethic exam, this was going to be the program that would prepare me for my clinical exam. I had some bumps in the road with timing when I hoping to take my exam (BBS was extremely behind processing applications and then COVID). But it all fell into place. The biggest piece that was the most helpful was knowing how to take the exam! I definitely brought Amanda into the test with me and she saw me through! I would definitely recommend this to any colleagues! TDC is the best!

    Thank you. I passed on my first attempt. The mock exams were more difficult than actual exam. Listening to the audio, having notes to write on, and the pep talk with advice of strategies was so helpful for someone who is not great at test taking. Thank you so much.

    in the midst of all the craziness that COVID has brought to our lives I was able to retake the last 2 final mocks just a review and muscle memory. I did not have to review the entire program again because it had given me the basis to move forward and feel confident that I will be able to remember the important nuances that this test requires. Thank you Robyn, Amanda, the Tech team, because I had to request multiple extensions. I did it and I did not use any other program but yours. Muchas Gracias.

    The TDC program is fantastic. The study schedule is broken up into manageable chunks, like training for a marathon. I went through each segment of the program in sequence, including taking and then carefully reviewing all of the answers to the two full-length Mock exams at the end of the program. This was the highlight of the course - the two Mocks, and especially going over the rationales and understanding exactly what was appealing to me about the wrong answer and why the right answer was correct, prepared me to engage in the kind of reasoning that is required for the exam. And this is where the coaches were super helpful - if I read one of the rationales for the "correct" answer and still didn't understand something or thought that something seemed inconsistent or off, I would contact the coaches and they would get back to me within a day or two with an explanation that was always illuminating and helpful. I wasn't sure that I was prepared enough going into the exam, but as it got underway I felt more and more confident and it was clear that the work I did in this program was directly paying off. And I was so happy to see the "CONGRATULATIONS You have passed..." on the printout at the test center. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to rock the exam.

    Amanda was in the room with me the whole way through the exam. TDC perfectly trained me to think proficiently, critically and quickly through the questions. Thank you so much!! PASS!!

    I scored consistently on the Practice exams, and barely passed on the Mock exams (which worried me), and still passed the Licensing exam on the first try! At first, I was discouraged, because I wasn't scoring that high and barely passing the Mock exams (62-67), but found that the practice and mock exams were very similar to the actual exam. I appreciate the thought process explanations to the answers that I got wrong. It prepared me really well! The exam is somewhat easier, but by not much. TDC tells you the information that you need to learn and teaches you how to think. I also used TDC in the past for my Law and Ethics and also passed on my first try! TDC is amazing! I've tried to use other study materials (Grossman) and it does not compare to TDC.

    I started to use a different study program
    So I asked my friend to tell me about it before I made a decision and she informed me this other study program had a ton of books a bunch of study cards and endless information that was sent to her in the mail. I knew I would be in big trouble if that’s how all of the study programs were because that just seemed completely overwhelming to me.. I talked to one of my supervisors and ask them what study program they went with. When they told me TDC, I trusted my supervisor and went with this program. I just can’t say enough good things about TDC. A lot of care, thought, and work went into developing this program and I certainly appreciate it. I followed the steps in the program. I reviewed some things over and over until I felt comfortable. I took the test. While taking the test I begin to wonder when the more difficult questions we’re going to come. Thank you TDC team, truly!

    I passed my examination on May 19, 2020! I felt confident and relaxed going into my examination. During these very strange times of COVID-19 yet I felt supported by my study material and the testing center cleanliness and regulations to ease my anxiety about pandemic concerns. I felt very safe and contained. I noticed TDC over prepared me for the exam in which relaxed my test taking nerves. I would say the Strategies and mindfulness technique serve 50% and having knowledge of materials 40% finally just keeping track of time and staying in present moment, talking breaks and feeling okay with uncertainty 10%. Thank you TDC!!! I pass on my 1st attempt and officially Licensed LMFT.


    THank you so much for all the support. I feel this program prepared me for this exam!

    Tank you Amanda and your team for your help during this long journey to pass my CCExam. Your lectures and preparation for each topic of this exam was very helpful. Thank you for being with me until I pass the exam. MJG

    I just wanted to share that due to strange circumstances with test date availability, I studied for the exam for a total of about ten days (not that I would recommend anyone do that). In that time I listened to, and learned, all the material, and took all the practice tests. I felt so prepared, and so grateful for the TDC program. Many, many thanks. I will recommend this prep course to everyone I know preparing for this exam. Thanks, again.

    I honestly can't believe I passed the exam. I am working full time in treatment. I had six hours sleep and I had to wear a mask during testing. Thank you TDC. I would have not passed without you.

    thank you!! this is the best study material for both this exam and law and ethics! much appreciation for the audio and visual study guides. So helpful!

    Excellant materials - useful not only for exam but also for practice. And Robin was very responsive and helpful in promptly addressing my questions.

    I finally PASSED!! Thank you Amanda and Robin. Amanda helped with going all the lectures, thinking about the test and getting familiar with the subjects. Robin always answered my questions that I had, provide samples and super friendly and encouraging. This was a journey and it took a lot of studying but I was able to pass. I am a English Learning and it took 3 tries to pass. Do not feel discourage, you can do it, just breath, study, manage your anxiety and take it!!

    TDC is AMAZING. I passed the LMFT test 1st time and felt it was very achievable during the test. The test studies along with the practice tests were beyond helpful. I also was coached by Robin - who I am beyond grateful for ! She helped me so much during my test anxiety and helped me get out of my head during the test. Thank you TDC.

    I can't Thank TDC enough. I used TDC for both CA Law & Ethics and the Clinical Exam. I would recommend them to anyone studying for the MFT exams and plan to use this program for the National Exam as well. TDC was with me every step of the way. Their support team was quick and responsive to all my questions and was always willing to help. It was nice to feel prepared going into both my exam. Thanks TDC!