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!!

    The TDC courses absolutely prepared and empowered me to pass both the MFT Law and Ethics and Clinical exams. Thank you Amanda for creating this resource! Thank you to Asya for answering some content questions! AND A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ROBIN GLUCK who spoke with me the week before my exam and emailed me and encouraged me!!! That was amazing! I am filled with gratitude!

    I’m super grateful for the TDC program in preparing me for my clinical exam. I took my time in studying and felt prepared to complete this exam and did so the first time with a passing score. Thank you!

    TDC and the preparation for the exam which it provided me, is without a doubt the only reason I passed on the first attempt. The ability to navigate the questions, identify the stem and apply the key terms provided the modality for a successful exam. Learning "How" to take the exam and apply the learned principles is without a doubt the only way to approach and pass this exam. I can not thank TDC enough for providing me with the tools necessary for obtaining my LMFT license. I will be touting this program to everyone I can, so that they too can experience the elation of walking out of the test center with a "PASSED" across their results sheet.

    So I scheduled the test giving myself 4 weeks to study, and I wasn’t doing well on the Grossman mock exams- so I panicked 2 weeks to the test & bought the TDC material to help me prep. And all I can say is thank you sooo much Amanda, Robin and Aysa! Your voices were with me throughout the test. Your strategies are what helped me pushed through the last 40 Q’s of the test when I hit testing fatigue. I ended up taking 2 mini breaks during my test, and had 15min left to review and I kept hearing Amanda tips specifically the “aha” moment to remind me go with my gut and don’t change answers. Thanks to the coaches I reminded to read the Q first and then read the steam. I am truly grateful for them! This program was awesome! I passed my first time all thanks to TDC! ❤️

    My firs language is Spanish the program was simple enough to understand and comprehend the concepts. Thank you so much! The rest God grant me the ability to recall all the information I needed to know.

    Thank you for all of your support with learning materials and confidence boosters. Listening to Amanda review the mock exam rationales was most helpful for me.

    I am a mom of a 17 month old so had to stop for a year and then restart studying process...TDC extended the course for me and I found it to be extremely helpful for preparing me for the exam. I passed the first try! I did not have full days to study because of being a mom...I did a little each day I could and got through TDC once and listened to theories twice really was a perfect prep course !!! Thank you so much TDC

    if anything, I was overprepared! the real exam seemed easy after completing the study program and the mock exams. most of all, I felt prepared psychologically; that was really important, because it takes a certain mindset to keep plowing through the questions while probably getting a lot of them wrong. I went into the exam room with confidence, and came out with the result I wanted!

    The program is great. It felt like a lot at the beggining but once I trusted the process and follow through the mocks and final mock it was much clear how to put everything together and understand HOW to think in the test.

    Thank you from my heart

    I think TDC does a great job of covering everything. Most importantly, the strategies must be used, the exam is full of vague answers and ones that sound great in languaging, but don't match the vignette.

    TDC was great! The topics were covered in a way that were clear and easy to comprehend. The study plan was broken down into reasonable and attainable time blocks. It was well organized and nice to have prompt support and questions answered when needed. Thank you TDC Team!

    I took my exam on 4/17/21 and I feel TDC has no only prepared me as far as knowledge goes, but also helped me manage my anxiety, time management, and how and when to go back and review questions. So thankful for TDC!!

    Not only did TDC prepare me for the exam, it increased my skills as a clinician. My colleagues noticed a difference in my skills and knowledge in supervision and case consultations. I wish lifetime access was an option. It was that good!

    I attempted my MFT clinical exam in October and failed. I soon realized that this exam is quite different from others I had taken in school as Amanda states in her TDC program. I studied again following step by step on the program (just giving myself more time per segment) to make sure I understood the materials. I had to go over some sections twice because English is my second language. I listened to the strategies more than once and followed the tips for exam day. On exam day, I did not feel like I passed because I ran out of time at the end when I had 10 more questions to go and even then "I PASSED". It feels great to see my effort pay off. TDC does prepare you, hang in there, If I did it, You can do it also.

    Very pleased with the program overall, especially the mock exams. I found TDC's mock exams to be pretty challenging in comparison to the actual exam, so that on test day I felt confident and prepared. I appreciate TDC's emphasis on staying calm and "attacking" the test as opposed to unnecessary memorization, which in my experience just creates anxiety.

    I couldn't be happier with the TDC program! I used the program prior to taking my Law and Ethics exam and passed without difficulty, so it was a no brainer to use TDC when it was time to take the MFT clinical exam. I'm happy to say I passed the first time out and I know it was due to using the TDC program. It's fantastic! Like the Law and Ethics exam I was so well prepared for the clinical exam that despite having some "pre-test nerves" on board I also felt confident. The program covers everything essential from exam content to testing strategies to additional coaching and support. In addition I want to mention that during the study process there was a period where I was unable to access my materials. I'm happy to report the tech staff at TDC was on it and it was resolved in no time, so I didn't loose any precious study time!! Thank you TDC!! I'm so happy you've been a part of my journey and I will definitely highly recommend your program!!

    Love the structure! Happy I took this decision and passed the first time! TDC did there part.

    I passed my LMFT exam today!!

    Wanted to share my experience since reading others passing posts helped to motivate and encourage me through the studying and preparation process.

    I only used TDC to prepare and passed on the first try

    Mock 1: 64%
    Mock 2: 75%
    Final Mock 1: 48% and I ran out of time with 11 questions to go
    Final Mock 2: 71% with 10 minutes to spare and took a break at question 90

    What helped me:

    Followed TDC and listened to the audios

    Take a break at question 90 on exam and have a snack. It helps your brain refocus and power through

    Stay positive. Keep telling yourself positive affirmations and visualize passing.

    Don’t get caught up on staying on one question too long and use scratch paper to write out time break down!

    Good luck everyone and big congrats to those that have passed!!!