AMFTRB National MFT Exam Prep
Price: $350.00

Our AMFTRB National MFT Exam Study System includes INSTANT on-line access to:

  • An organized, step-by-step study plan for the AMFTRB National MFT exam
  • 19 on-line audio workshops with downloadable HANDOUTS
  • Complete review of essential content areas
  • Effective MFT exam study tools — Top 50 Topics Tested, Law & Ethics Quiz, Theory Review, DSM 5 Review
  • Clinical examples that help you learn instead of memorizing
  • Clear test-taking strategies you will use on exam day
  • 750+ ON-LINE practice questions with audio rationales
  • Test anxiety management
  • MFT Exam Prep Coaches available for on-going questions and support

    This AMFTRB exam prep is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. The program takes approximately 55 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!

Our AMFTRB National MFT Exam Prep Program is for ALL states EXCEPT CALIFORNIA. For California please see California Law and Ethics Prep or California MFT Clinical Prep.

"I like how organized, detailed, and repetitive your program is laid out. I have used other online programs and books for the National MFT exam and they gave too much information that overwhelmed me.  Your program definitely covers the topics and your mock exams are great examples of questions on the exam. Thank you." -Jill Fishman



The AMFTRB National MFT Exam is a computer-based standardized exam. The exam includes 180 multiple-choice questions. Test takers are given 4 hours to complete the exam questions. Special accommodations can be requested by individuals who meet the criteria based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, certain states provide special arrangements for English Language Learners (see below for additional information).


The passing score for the National MFT Exam is established by a panel of expert judges and will change with each exam testing period. The passing score will shift up or down depending on the determined level of difficulty of each exam question; the easier the questions, the higher the passing score, and the more difficult the questions, the lower the passing score. The majority of states will use the passing score that is set by the AMFTRB; however, some jurisdictions set their own passing score. Test takers do not receive their results immediately; scores are sent to appropriate state licensing board and mailed to you within 20 business days of your exam date.


Eligibility to sit for the exam will differ for each state that accepts the AMFTRB National MFT Exam for licensure. You will need to contact your state licensing board for the application and to determine eligibility requirements. Once you are approved by your state licensing board to sit for the AMFTRB National MFT Exam, you will receive an approval letter that will include an approval code and a link to the PTC Online Application System. Once you receive approval, complete the PTC application and submit payment for the examination/testing fee. PTC will email you a Candidate ID and Scheduling Authorization within 6 weeks of your testing period.


The AMFTRB National MFT Exam is administered one week each month. The schedule for upcoming exam periods can be found here.


Accommodations are available for test takers with disabilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you would like to request special accommodations, complete the online application (at least 8 weeks prior to exam date) and attach the appropriate documentation (i.e. doctor’s letter).


The following states provide special accommodations for English Language Learners:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The following states do not provide special accommodations:

Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Utah, Washington

(see here for updates)


The answer to this question will vary based on the state you are moving to and requirements established by the state’s MFT licensing board. The first step will be to apply to the state MFT licensing board. Once that state MFT board reviews your application and credentials, they will inform you of any deficits or if you are eligible to sit for the AMFTRB National MFT Exam. You must apply to sit for the National MFT Exam through the state’s MFT licensing board in which you plan to practice. You cannot sit for the exam without taking this step. Here is an overview of requirements by state.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences is actively pursuing increased reciprocity for MFTs. To date, several states will accept the California MFT Clinical Exam, which means MFTs moving to these states may not have to take the AMFTRB National MFT Exam. Check with the state’s licensing board to determine if the California MFT Exam will fulfill the exam requirement.


The National MFT Exam has more questions than the California MFT Clinical Exam (200 versus 170). The content areas have some overlap, but the National MFT Exam covers more domains (aka knowledge areas). The domains that are tested on the National MFT Exam can be found here. The National MFT Exam has a larger share of recall-based questions, whereas the California Clinical MFT Exam is mostly comprised of reasoning-based questions. However, The National MFT exam does include exam questions that will test your critical thinking skills.


There is some overlap between the content that is tested on the National MFT exam and the California Clinical MFT exam. However, there are also significant differences in the content and types of questions that appear on each exam. Each program teaches the content and strategies designed to meet the unique needs of each exam. For this reason, it is not appropriate to use one program for both exams. If you are using TDC to prepare for both exams we would be happy to give you a discount code as a thank you for your loyalty.

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Course Reviews

I finished my M.A. 30 years ago and after a long diversion from the field, I returned 4 years ago and began pursuing licensure. Having been out of school for so long I had no idea how to study any more or what to study. This course is 100% the reason I passed the first time, and I didn't just barely pass, I passed with a good margin! I am so thankful and have already recommended to several others and will continue to do so! Thank you, thank you thank you!

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to utilize the Therapist Development Center course in preparation for my MFT licensure exam. This course not only helped me to prepare and successfully pass the licensure exam on my first attempt, but it was an incredible confidence booster for my clinical practice. It was so helpful in consolidating and further integrating the vast amount of information from my Master's program. Thank you, TDC for the ongoing support and encouragement that you provided along with a highly effective course that I recommend with the highest ratings! I look forward to taking future CE courses with TDC as well, and appreciate that this is also something you have thought to provide!

This course fully prepared me to take the MFT exam. The study schedule, lectures, and other materials were well presented and I passed on the first attempt.

What an excellent, thorough and well-planned out course. I began the course over a full week off from work and then continued it for 3 weeks until the exam date, studying a few hours each day. I found the calendar and additional tips on study prep and how to be "present" for the exam through mindset and food/fuel a lovely addition. I would highly recommend this course!

I took the AMFTRB Exam as I'm in Oregon. As soon as I sat down at the test center to begin, I felt pretty confident because I "knew what to do", and followed the plan. I took breaks, ate fruit and drank juice and had time left at the end to review the questions I'd marked. I will say for the AMFTRB, it takes a LONG time to get your scores (even to know if you passed). It took over three weeks for my scores to be sent. I am super grateful and glad I paid the money for this test prep, and I love the super supportive way they encourage and make recommendations that use science to assist with your self care, recall and "brain care". I also felt more comfortable and less stressed knowing that if I didn't pass, I could still have TDC for support with the retest. I worked my butt off and did the study course x2 because I had three months' time to study, and it paid off. I am super grateful and happy and now, very soon will be an LMFT in Oregon.

The course really helped me prepare for the exam! The material covered was extremely similar to what was being asked in the exam. There were very few surprises.

This material was very helpful for me to pass the exam. I highly recommend it if you want to not put yourself through taking NMFT test over and over. I passed on my first attempt and while I studied other material for a few months before buying this, it helped bring everything together in a great way. I am POC and older (relatively :) and aced the test with 85%. I credit most of this to TDC's easy-to-follow material and study plan. Good Luck and You can do it too!

The course materials and study organization was enjoyable, and very informing that reinforced my education, experience and the most recent changes in the field of Marriage & Family Therapy.

TDC is a great program. I particularly appreciated the ability to "Ask a Coach" specific questions and receive thorough and quick email responses. This is a really nice feature of the program that helped me better understand some of the nuanced issues and receive individualized attention.

I passed the first time I took the Exam. What more need I say?!

TDC was a great study tool, and I loved that it was split up into modules. The quick study guides were super helpful and gave key points of each theory. The quizzes were great, and I love how they explained the answer to you. Honestly, I would say the questions on TDC's practice exam were a bit harder than the actual exam which actually was helpful. 100% recommend if you are taking your MFT exam soon. Thank you TDC!

TDC helped me understand what was expected to be on the exam and organized all the information in the best way possible. I greatly enjoyed that the study materials were for visual AND audio learners. I always found the DSM - 5 to be overwhelming and they broke it down in a way that helped me for the test but also in my job. They also give great tips for taking this test that will absolutely help you pass. I passed on my first attempt! THANK YOU TDC!!

This program helped me to learn quite a bit more. But the brilliance of the program is that it teaches you how to best approach and take the test. By the time the test is there, if you have completed the program, you are fully ready and confident in your ability to pass the test.

I completed graduate school in 2007. I used TDC to study for and pass my California MFT Exam with the BBS. When I decided to take the National MFT Examination there was no doubt in my mind which study material I was going to use to prepare for the National MFT exam. TDC is a wonderful program to help you prepare for and successfully pass the exam!

I loved the structure of this program. I am not the best studier, but the audio rationales were so helpful and stuck in my mind and made this process easier for me. I'm so glad I went with this program.

From graduating to figuring out my next steps, I was forced to slow down before going right into working. This gave me a great opportunity to take my time to study and dive in to the program. I consolidated so much of my learning during school and practicum that I would not have been able to do had I not had this experience with TDC. As I studied, I was able to put the pieces together of what previously felt either academic, theoretical, or impractical. I fully believe this has made me a better therapist. Highly recommend.

I was really unsure which study program to use, but TDC helped me pass on my first try! The passing score for my MFT exam was 70%, and I got an 81% :) so grateful to have had these resources along the way.

Awesome. I passed on my first try!

I really appreciated having the two full practice exams, as they helped prepare me for the pressure situation of having 180 questions with a 4 hour limit. In the end I took in so much information through the course that didn't appear on the exam, but I guess you never know exactly what will be on there, so better to be prepared than surprised! By the way, in one of the audio teachings it still says there are 200 questions on the exam, which is not correct

Your program was excellent. Asya was a huge help who responded to my questions no matter how trivial they were. I do think the actual test was terrible and is not a good barometer for determining a qualified therapist.