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

    TDC was essential in passing this exam! This program really helps you learn how to navigate the exam to decipher what the questions are really asking. Most importantly, the strategies help manage anxiety, especially when it is hard to determine the correct answer. I'd recommend following the schedule and make sure to take the Final Mocks with plenty of time to review. Thank you, TDC!

    TDC was extremely helpful. The mock exams were discouraging because they were so difficult, but it truly helped me prepare for the actual exam. The content of the questions were very similar to the actual exam. Recordings and justification were clear and understandable. Topics were thorough, so you are able to review information you probably haven't seen from graduate school.
    **If you feel you are not scoring well on the mock exams, don't worry! Keep reviewing and listen to rationales to better understand how the exam is testing you.

    This was my second time using TDC and taking the LMFT clinical exam. The first time I took the LMFT exam in 2020, I did not complete the mocks, was really stressed with work/life, and did not follow the study plan as recommended. The second time around I buckled down, listened to every recording at least 2 times, tried to take as many mocks and quizzes as I could. I also reviewed every single question that I got wrong, took notes, and used all the tips and study strategies suggested. I really wish I would have done this the first time around, but I didn't. However, I did the 2nd time and gratefully I passed! The 2nd time was so much easier and I felt so much more confident. I felt slightly more anxious only because I didn't pass the 1st time, but that is expected, right? I was also really worried that TDC wouldn't have everything that I need for the new 2021 LMFT requirements, but it did have everything and even more. Less law and ethics questions on the actual exam because of the new outline of course. During the exam, I actually felt over-prepared especially for theories, human diversity issues, and treatment planning. My strongest suggestion is to follow a study plan, reduce your work/life stress, eat healthily, meditate/deep breathing, and do the mocks they really do get you prepared! Good Luck!

    I was nervous going into the clinical exam due to the changes placed by the BBS. I only used TDC and listened to the new audio and felt more than prepared! I used the same concepts and problem-solving strategies and passed! I felt confident going in and supported!

    TDC helped me feel confident and ready to pass this exam. Don't get me wrong, this exam is a BEAST to get through. Endurance and positive self-talk were instrumental. Within our field, we truly learn to internalize the voices of our supervisors. We carry them with us into the room with clients. They become part of our inner talk. Amanda did an AMAZING job with these lectures. By the time I finished the program and sat for licensure, I felt that she was truly with me in the testing room. It was so comforting! The strategies you learn in this program are so key in passing this exam. Thank you TDC for giving me the confidence to attack this exam and become a LICENSED Marriage and Family Therapist!

    I utilized the TDC courses and mock tests for 21 consecutive days for 1-2 hours each night + the three 4 hour mock exams, and I was more than prepared for this exam.

    TDC prepared me 100% for the exam!Loved the study plan/schedule,the audio lectures and the mock exams which really prepared me for the actual exam!TDC coaches are there to help and are super responsive!
    Thanks again TDC for helping me pass!

    I felt confident and prepared for my test because of the material in TDC. Not only did it cover everything on the test, but it also helped me to navigate how to take it. The rationales were incredibly helpful and the mock exams were very similar to the actual test. I also enjoyed the process of studying because of the program!

    In signing up for my exam, I gave myself 3 months to study for this exam. TDC sets you up for success right off the bat with their audios on "How to Study" and "Get Organized", making it easy to stay on track. I found myself to be motivated to study because of the amount of material that would be covered and how much I felt like I retained. You are guided through the study materials with facts and great examples that stick with you during the exam. The mock exams are difficult and can get you down if you let them, but they really set you up to be confident during the actual exam as there were no surprises. I felt like the questions on the clinical exam were much easier than the mock exams. I knew exactly what to expect. Thank you TDC for your great study program!

    I was a little nervous going into my clinical MFT test, knowing that the test had a new format. I'm happy to say that I was more than adequately prepared by TDC to take this test. I knew how to assess for what the question was asking, and could narrow down answers based on the knowledge that TDC had given me. All of the information I learned, I used in my test. I'm very happy to report that I passed my test and now am licensed! Thank you to TDC, Amanda, and the rest of the coaches for preparing me and giving me the confidence to pass this hurdle!

    TDC left me prepared for the MFT Clinical. Top-notch!

    I passed my LMFT Clinical using TDC on the first try! I have severe testing anxiety, and preparing for an exam during a worldwide pandemic was not easy. I feel TDC prepared me for the mind game that is the LMFT Clinical! I felt prepared for the layout, fears and worries, and monumental nature of the exam. I knew how to read the vignettes and tease out exactly what the question is asking for. I really feel TDC allowed me to pass!

    One thing that set TDC apart from some of the other exam prep courses or study materials I used was that I found myself actually enjoying learning the material. The morning of the exam I was able to say to myself, "regardless of what happens today, you have learned a ton in your test prep" (which I think is the point). Luckily I passed on my first try; which felt great!

    TDC was AMAZING! I have never in my life used a test prep program, so I had no idea what to expect. I went with TDC because everyone says it's the best and I am SO grateful I did. This is a very thorough, but digestible and very manageable program. I loved the lectures because I do better with listening, but I also really loved and appreciated the supplemental write-ups.
    Amanda is so thorough. By test day, I felt like we were friends! I definitely had her in my head during the exam and it was so helpful. The best thing about this program is it teaches test-taking strategies that will lead to your success, but it also provides refreshers and even teaches new things I didn't know.
    I didn't even feel nervous going into the exam because I felt so prepared. I was a little uncertain about the 2021 changes to the test since I didn't have much time to prepare, but it was totally fine. Everything you need to know is in the strategies. This was 100% worth the investment. Thank you Amanda!!!

    Tdc is VERY thorough! I felt stressed at times because I didn’t follow the program exactly how it’s recommended but honestly I still felt over prepared by the time I sat for the test.

    Excellent study guide that was extremely helpful in me passing the exam for LMFT. I highly recommend Asya for any additional support /couching needed to assist in the passing of this exam.

    I highly recommend TDC!! TDC reviews all of the critical information required to pass the exam. TDC made it possible for me to retain critical information to pass the exam. I am very pleased with TCD and I am so happy I passed the LMFT Clinical Exam!! To Amanda and the TDC Family, I did it!! I did it!! Thank you so much!!- Richard M.

    TRUST IN TDC AND AMANDA!! The program is so helpful and the strategies are everything! When my anxiety would get high, I had Amanda’s voice in my head to help me stay calm and on track! Thanks TDC!

    Thank you TDC community for your support and well thought out program.

    I really appreciate all the effort that TDC put into their materials and their continued efforts to improve their program. Thank you for helping me feel confident I could pass this exam!