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

    Finished my masters program in 2012 with 6 months left to go I took in my sisters children 2.3,4 at the time now, 11,12,13. I was blessed with parenting and raising these children and in result has to put my goals on the back burner even receiving a second intern number. I first went with AATBS it’s what my
    College used in 2012. A friend in 2018 told me try Gerry Grossmen, I couldnt figure out the logic of the tricks. After not passing twice I was discouraged and started new employment. My boss is an LMFT and she said try TDC I promise you will love it and you will pass. Listen to Amanda??? Who is Amanda? Well, Little did I know that Amanda was the best friend anyone could ever have during this exam process and her method stuck with me, even through the test! I’m hands on so being able to take notes and listen to rationales while having test in front of me helped. The kids would ask, “ what did Amanda say today”. My test was backed up to the end of October the 29th to be exact and the day before I had a plan and everything you could think of went wrong including having to switch hotels. So I ended up at 6pm looking over the papers I put aside for the day before and finishing the mock 1 and review. I made it to the final mock 2 but had to click through it because my eyes were burning. I finally put aside used eye drops and had to trust myself. Next day morning jitters I woke up showered and went over one page to get in the mode and felt positive, prepared, and ready! I was going to conquer my fears of test taking and today was the day! Started test my chest felt heavy at one point so I closed my eyes said a prayer, breathed a couple times and pressed on. By 100 I was ready for my banana and Gatorade and bathroom break, literally doing jumping jacks in the hall way of excitement that I was almost done!!! Coming into the final 10 questions I feel my heart beating rapidly practically
    Jumping out of my chest. Question 170 done:)!! Only 2 marked went back like Amanda said was able to find something different in the questions stem and DONE! I finished! The lady in the front reminded me of Mrs. Claus with her cheery disposition, however she turned my paper over and showed no emotion. I picked it up and the word pass started the water works that was long overdue. I went in the hall dropped to my knees and thanked God and Amanda for helping me get over my own fear of failure! My life has changed for the better and already has opened up more doors. Going into this journey I didn’t know my husband would also have a bad accident and become 100 percent disabled. This test had more meaning than words can express, but I’ll tell ya” it was marked as one of the best days in my life that I will be able to continue to support and care for my family and make a difference in the lives of others!
    Thank you So much for the guidance and the Audios! Best program ever to date in my book! No doubt when people ask what program to use that to I will always recommend TDC!!!

    OMG!!!! I am so happy with TDC and the staff!! I was so nervous and everything that happened just as you guys said it would!!! I literally had Amanda's voice in my head thinking about how each answer would hold up and I remember thinking...Hmm...Amanda would say that answer is not strong enough!!! Haha!!! So Happy!! You guys are the best!!! I passed on my first try!!!

    This program is so well put together! I have referred several therapists! It's evident that
    Amanda knows what she's doing! The program is comprehensive. She has covered EVERY detail! Amanda has put a lot of time and effort into making you feel as if she is with you every step of the way. She has a great knowledge of how people learn. She says that exercise is a MUST and she is absolutely right! The quick studies were a great help. The strategy talk toward the end of the program, hearing from the two coaches, (Reading the question before the vignette) was a complete GAME CHANGER!!!! That strategy helped me to read the stem through the lens of what was being asked. Also, being told to avoid "Maybeland" Obviously I can't say enough!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! <3

    I feel like TDC over prepared me which I am very grateful. I took every mock exam and review the questions I had wrong. I was able to use the strategies and pass my exam the first time.

    Due to Covid-19 testing restraints, Person Vue had limited testing availability. I had only two options, 7 weeks out, or over 3 months out. I opted for a test date that was only 7 weeks out and had not started any test prep. I purchased TDC immediately and was able to follow their study timeline pretty closely. Letting them determine when and for how long I would study relieved so much stress and prevented me from overworking myself. I felt very well prepared for the test and finished with extra time to review a few flagged questions. Thanks TDC!

    The mock tests were very helpful and helped me with time management. I had 40 minutes remaining on the actual test after answering all the questions. I had time to review my answers and didn't change any of them. I would suggest test takers hydrate before taking the test, especially if they don't plan to take a break. I did have a light breakfast so that helped. I arrived early and they asked if I wanted to go ahead and begin. My appointment was to begin at 10:30 am and I began at 9:45 am. It was nice to take the exam at a location that was not far from where I reside. Thank you so much for sticking with me until I passed!

    I have always had extreme anxiety around test-taking. TDC, not only taught me the material for the clinical examination, but also guided me through the anxiety. I followed the plan and was delighted to pass on my first time. Thank you!

    TDC got me beyond ready for the exam! The full mocks really prep you for the real deal, that the actual state exam felt easier than the two full mocks provided! Thank you for keeping me on my toes and helping me reach my goal of licensure!!!

    It's difficult to give a testimonial for TDC without detailing all the reasons why AATBS is horrible. TDC has a nuanced and specific understanding of the lmft exam and it was evident in the first audio introduction. AATBS mindlessly over prepares you for DSM diagnosis and under-prepares you for the generic and frustrating questions that make up the majority of the test. If I had gotten lucky and chosen TDC instead of AATBS I would have passed the first time.

    I would absolutely recommend this study material. I had the opportunity to view a friend's study material from another company and I felt that it gave so much information that was not relevant to the exam. TDC did a great job of covering a ton of material but kept it relevant to the exam specifically. I bought this material specifically for studying for this exam and it gave me what I needed. Overall I think it's exactly what I needed to pass my exam the first time through.

    I passed the first time! TDC lays out exactly what I needed to study in a well planned order, provides outlines, and the audios were incredibly helpful to listen to! I took advantage of a tutoring session with Asya and wished I had done it sooner! She was amazing and extremely helpful! The customer service is excellent, and they always got back to me quickly. They really want to help you pass! I highly recommend TDC!

    This program is EVERYTHING! I was terrified to take my exam because of all the horror stories I heard. As soon as the first question popped up on the screen I heard Amanda’s voice and I told myself “You got this.” I saw other programs and their question structure and I must say TDC is spot on. TDC really prepares you for the exam. Amanda breaks everything down and you know exactly what to look for. It’s worth every penny. And I can’t thank you all enough! Amanda and all the other coaches... all the time and effort you put in to this... you guys are amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

    I used TDC to prepare for both the MFT Law & Ethics exam, as well as the clinical exam- and passed both on the first time around. For the clinical exam, I listened to the lectures multiple times, took my own notes, as well as used the quick-studies for exam prep. I scored in the mid 70s on the 3 mocks, did not do so well on the first "final mock" which is meant to be harder than the actual exam, and leave you somewhat over-prepared- after taking this mock, I reached out to Asya, one of the coaches, and she was wonderful. After an hour of coaching I felt significantly more prepared, as well as confident, and ended up scoring an 82 on the last "final mock." Figuring out the areas you need to brush up on and noticing your patterns in how you answer (either correctly or incorrectly) was also essential for me. After extensive review of the mock exams and the hour of coaching, I had a much better understanding of what I needed to do in order to improve my score. The TDC strategies taught throughout the course are extremely helpful- and work! Managing time effectively is essential, as is finding ways to cope with & reduce test related anxiety. Thank you TDC! I felt pretty good (albeit a bit nervous) into my exam on the morning of, and am grateful to have passed and now have my license. I reminded myself to breathe, take my eyes of the screen periodically, and have trust in the knowledge I gained, as well as the strategies I could employ. I highly recommend this program to anyone that's about to start exam prep!

    After failing the MFT L&E, I purchased TDC and then passed. I passed my clinical exam on the first try with TDC. I love how this program not only provides the information that you need to know for your exam but it also tells you how to manage your time and organize yourself in the process of studying. The mocks exams and rationale were super helpful. The test taking strategies were priceless for me as I tend to not do well on multiple choice exams. It was a great investment and well worth the money.

    TDC organized the pertinent information in an easy to follow and use program. I appreciated the way things were broken up to study in easily digestible pieces. I felt well informed on the material, as well as tips to identify the best item of the choices. The mock tests and exams are challenging, which was beneficial to prep for the real thing. Thank you so much for this indispensable service! I don’t think I could have done it without TDC!

    I used TDC for the MFT Law and Ethics and Clinical Exam and I passed first try on both. I felt very prepared going into each test and was able to use the strategies during the exams. I highly recommend TDC!

    This study guide was absolutely phenomenal. I passed the clinical exam on my first try! THE greatest feeling ever! And I can confidently say it's because I chose this study system. I am referring everyone I know to this!

    I used TDC for both Law and Ethics and the Clinical MFT Exam. I felt very anxious and as if I would not pass either exam, but happily passed both on the first try. I have recommended it to others who are taking the clinical exam.

    This program helped me feel confident entering the exam because I was familiar with the question format and specific wording to look out for. I also appreciated the techniques and suggestions that I learned throughout the study program. I highly recommend this program to you if you’re preparing for licensure.

    I felt very prepared for the test after taking this course - I went through the program twice and followed the recommendations. Also, I very much appreciated access to coaches. Asya was encouraging and thoroughly explained a few topics I struggled with.