National AMFTRB MFT Exam Prep
Price: $350.00

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

  • An organized, step-by-step study plan for the AMFTRB 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 National AMFTRB 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 200 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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I would like to say thank you so much for putting this program together. I had previously taking the LMFT exam and failed. Afterward, I was very discouraged as I did not know where to begin. I had ordered multiple study programs, but even after going through the course did not feel confident. Thankfully, I had a friend who recommended this program to me as she had just completed it and passed her exam. I stepped out on faith and purchased the program. It was the best decision I ever made. This program gave me the confidence and understanding I was missing. I followed the program as it was designed and I passed my exam. I went into the exam feeling confident because I had a better understanding of how it was designed and meant to be tackled. I have since recommended this program to three other people needing to pass exams. Thank you so much
Deanna R.

TDC is the reason I passed all my licensing exams as quickly as I did and without feeling overwhelmed. Thank you!!

I haven't taken a standardized exam in over a decade, and was concerned about my mental agility and ability to absorb new information. I've heard good things about the TDC program from colleagues, and decided to give it a try. I am an audio visual learner and really appreciated the lectures and concentration on engagement to integrate new information. I followed the program as recommended, and am grateful to say I passed my first try! Thank you TDC for being so comprehensive, and effective.

I not only felt that the materials helped me learn how to pass the test, but the materials were actually useful in helping me to diagnose and case conceptualize better than I was able to prior to taking the course. Thanks TDC! You guys are amazing!

I used the TDC law and ethics program to pass my ethics exam in the state of California after I graduated years ago. I always knew I would return to use the study system for the National exam to be licensed in Hawaii and the CA clinical exam. Since I was taking both exams I bought both study systems and I decided to take the National exam before CA's because CA has been known to be very difficult. I am so glad I did. I passed my National exam on the first attempt. I was rather nervous going into the exam but practiced and studied as much as I could and it paid off. Now, going into my CA exam I feel that much more confident. I messaged with one of the coaches, Robin, and did a telephone coaching session prior to the exam to help calm my nerves. I probably did not need to pay for this telephone session but I figured it was worth the money (anything more I could do to pass was worth it to me). She gave me additional tips, explained things to me that I was having a hard time understanding (some theories) and overall it gave me more confidence going into the exam. So thank you TDC!

I had a great experience using TDC in preparation for the National MFT exam. My initial exam date was cancelled the day before I was scheduled to sit for the exam due to Covid-19. Staff was wonderful in helping me figure out how to "re-study" once my exam was rescheduled and had good tips to manage avoiding flooding myself with information that was already somewhere in the recesses of my tired mind. On the day before I took the exam our home was also placed on an evacuation warning list due to local wildfires but with the help of all the tips and thorough preparation (and Amanda's voice in my head) I was able to put everything I had learned over the weeks of study into practice and pass! (we were lucky enough to be able to remain safely in our home). If I ever had to sit for another similar exam I wouldn't hesitate to use TDC and will recommend it to all future MFT's and SW's in work with to support them through the process of preparing and passing their licensing exams!

I am so thankful for the TDC program because although I was not the most organized person it still helped me stay on track. I loved the fact that I could go over the materials as much as I needed to prior to the test. I also found it extremely helpful to have the practice exams to prepare my mind to really develop a strategy to approach the exam. I was able to focus on my pace as well as really build confidence as I went into the exam.
I am thankful to God that I passed. It was good to utilize this study program and trust God from there.

This was a great way to study. I was able to pass the first time at the clinical level.

I am so grateful to have had TDC!!! Thank you so much for creating this program, it has been so helpful with giving me confidence on my ability to pass the exam. Before going in, of course I was feeling normal jitters, but remembering the pep talk and the encouragement provided throughout the program made a huge difference!!! To have passed on the first try is something I did not believe I could do, but thank you TDC !!! I am so thankful and so blessed!

I PASSED THE FIRST TIME!!! Test-taking is not my forte, so I was eager to try The Therapist Development Center exam prep program after an LMFT recommended it to me. Going through this program was one of the best decisions I have made! I firmly believe that this program was the reason I passed. Amanda made this intensive, anxiety-provoking process manageable as she took her time to go over essential aspects of MFT and provide tips on how to take the exam.

Natalie Patterson, MFT

What I enjoyed most about the program is that it uses an approach that not only helps you get re-familiarized with the material but also provides effective strategies to prepare you for Exam Day. It’s not enough to memorize the study materials but instead understand the material, and this program helped with understanding why a response is the best option. I followed all the program recommendations, including taking a break halfway, which was definitely needed to unclutter my mind and refocus, and it worked!

This program was exactly what I needed, and I thank you for all the hard work it took to put everything together effectively. I highly recommend this program!

Prior to signing up for TDC I had so much study anxiety I couldn’t bare the thought to bring myself to study. As soon as signed up I felt so much relief. The organization and structure it brought to studying was incredible. I took the exam and passed on my first try, I couldn’t be happier. The study material in this program was so incredibly helpful for actual test day. The thought of feeling prepared for test day felt almost impossible, but TDC did just that and gave me a helpful sense of confidence.

TDC IS A GAME CHANGER!!!! Amanda and TDC community, you should be so proud of what you have accomplished with this program. I have bought every program out there and TDC was my last hope. After being emotional defeated from taking the National LMFT exam over 6 times and missing it by 1point. , I felt so embarrassed . However, this program by far is the best. It helped me regain my confidence and be able to accomplish my goals. Not only did I pass, but with a high score of 83!! Thank you so much for helping finish this chapter. ~Christina B, LMFT~

"I strongly recommend TDC National MFT Exam Program. The lectures, the quick studies, the practice tests and their rationales were exactly what I needed to feel confident enough and to be able to identify the best answer..!
As a non native American speaker I couldn't believe that it would be so achievable to pass the exams!!!
Thank you TDC team for all your support!!!"

As someone who has taken the NMFT exam multiple times I can honestly say this program paved the way for my passing score. I have taken this exam 5 times and finally passed thanks to TDC. On my previous attempts to pass I would find myself second guessing my answers, but TDC exam audios really helped me think through how to answer questions to expect on the NMFT exam. I highly recommend this program and honestly feel if I had bought it earlier one I would have passed sooner.

Using TDC to study helped me stay focused and feel really prepared for testing day. It was nice to have the structure to studying as well as the various teaching modes. The audio files were a huge help since that's the way I learn best.

I want to thank TDC with helping me pass my exam!!! I felt more confident and prepared after two failed attempts. The material was great and I hope others will drop all other test prep programs and go with TDC all the way!!!

The audio support & insights were invaluable and set this test prep system apart from the others. Thanks!

I am thrilled to say that I passed the exam on my first attempt thanks to TDC!! I started off using another study program, but the more I used it the less confident I felt about passing. A month before the exam someone recommended that I use TDC, I did and there was no turning back. Within the first few days of using it, I learned techniques and strategies to use when answering the questions and most of all I gained confidence that I can do this. I finished the course and perhaps most importantly, on test day, I went in knowing I would pass. It was a difficult exam and there were many really hard questions but I just stayed calm, used the strategies and knowledge I learned and kept moving. I highly recommend TDC as a study program!!!

Taking exams have been a battle all my life. This study program truly helped me take one thing at a time, and really gain insight on the specific points I needed to know. Asya, my tutor, was my saving grace in passing this exam. I am forever grateful to her.

I cannot put into words how helpful the Therapist Development Center was. This course work was well designed to help me understand what the National Exam was testing and how to prepare for it. The Therapist Development Center had a number of study materials and practice tests to help guide and shape your mental understanding of the National Exam. One thing that was true for me was that this last time I took the National exam, it felt like it kicked my butt. I kept to the techniques that the course taught, which led me to pass my test.