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 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 had purchased flashcards and other study guides, quiz apps, and watched test prep videos on YouTube, yet when I found practice exams online, I didn't do well. By and large, I understood the content that I was being tested on, but I didn't understand the specific ways that the test requires you to think. None of the other study materials I had found provided insight into that, which meant that (for example) if two options were both good or both things I would ask, I felt like I was just trying to guess which one the test wanted me to prioritize. TDC's program broke down exactly what the test wanted to see, and after going through the program, I passed the exam on the first try with a score of nearly 90%. I would also especially recommend it to auditory learners like myself, as the recorded lectures were very helpful.

The idea of this exam frightened me to my core. TDC came highly recommended by my peers and I’m so glad I bought and worked through this system. Amanda is right, you don’t feel like you are passing that exam when taking it. The prep, the pep talks, the encouragement, the audio, the mock exams- it all prepared me to do well! I highly encourage anyone taking the MFT exam to use TDC. Thank you so much for helping me pass on my first try! I’m so grateful!

TDC gave me an outstanding amount of confidence and support leading up to this anxiety inducing exam! I am not great at creating study schedules and staying on track with them. TDC gave me the EXACT resources I needed to not only pass this exam on the first try, but pass it with flying colors. From the lectures to the handouts, to the mock exams, this program had everything I needed and more. I could not be happier with what was offered and the results I got!

I have used TDC twice now. Once, to help me study and prepare for the California Law and Ethics Exam. Second, to help me study and prepare for the National MFT Exam. As a result of TDC's thoroughness, organized study plan, and overall excellence, I was able to pass both exams! I took each exam several years apart from one another and was successful both times on my first attempt! TDC has been an integral part in helping me to press forward with my career even when I moved states in the middle of my internship!

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The TDC program was one of the best investments I could’ve ever made. The structure of the study materials provides an excellent blueprint for the significance of areas to dive deep into and what areas to look at before testing. I had taken the test once previously and missed the mark by 8 points with nowhere near the type of studying I was able to accomplish with TDC. My only way to have an idea of how I may have been doing on the test was the substantial decrease in marked items that I needed to go back and check/review. That gave me increased confidence that I was on the right path. I finished the exam with 45 minutes to spare. I used some of that to review the ones that I marked. Lastly, the incorporation of the break along with nutrients to replenish was a big help.

TDC is the best program available to pass the exam. I tried other programs and didn't pass. When I decided to used TDC, it changes everything and I was available to pass the exam. TDC will be next to you until you pass the exam. I am very graceful for the support received from this family.

I was so nervous about taking the exam. The exam results are so important to continuing my career, however I am not a skilled test taker so I needed the support of a structured test prep program. TDC turned out to be the program I needed to help overcome my test anxiety. The support staff were accessible and supportive. The TDC program is challenging therefore the perfect way to prepare the national exam.

Yes, TDC WAS AMAZING. Make sure to take all practice exams!

I am convinced that there is not a better study program out there for the AMFTRB. From the audio reviews and quick studies to the access to coaches, quizzes and mock exams, this program prepared me to not just pass the exam but to enter the test with confidence.

I got 90% on my test! I cannot believe it. TDC was a HUGE help for me. I was studying with a newborn baby and four other kids doing virtual school because of COVID-19. The thought of the exam and being prepared was terrifying. I adapted the TDC schedule so that I did an hour (or more if I could) every day and I listened to the lectures on double speed while I did laundry, dishes, whatever else I needed to. The actual test was easier than the questions I had done in TDC! Using the other strategies recommended by the TDC helped me avoid test fatigue and finish strong. THANK YOU

A friend recommended this study course. I found it to be extremely helpful in organizing the material, as well as how-to-study tools. I have been Licensed in California for 20 years. Now in Illinois, taking the national exam was required to obtain my LMFT in Illinois. This prep course, especially the audios that coincide with the material, made all the difference for me.

I am so happy I passed in my second try because I finally used for one month before. Highly recommended.
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Thank you so much for this program! I was nervous for a while leading up to the exam, and started using TDC about two months before taking it. I'd used some other study materials but TDC was far and away the most comprehensive and helpful. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate this program!! You made a stressful test so much more manageable and approachable, and I can say happily that I passed on the first try!

I studied using the 8-week National MFT program. Didn't over study even though I wanted to. I didn't do well on the mock exams, missing by a few points. However, on the day of the exam, I felt confident as I sat and took the test, to the point where I thought I was answering questions way too quickly and forced myself to slow down. I left the exam feeling confident but not knowing if I had passed. Then I receive my passing letter - not only did I pass but I passed by 8 points ON THE FIRST TRY. The format of TDC matches what you need to know for the exam and, more importantly, the exact format of the national exam. You will be prepared if you follow the study program. I will forever be grateful for TDC for making this extremely scary process manageable

I failed the first time I took the AMFTRB exam, and I was distraught. I was so discouraged and didn't know how I can better prepare for the next time around, so I put it off for an entire year. I did some research online to see what test prep material was out there and I came across this program. This program is awesome. The best part was audios providing the reasoning behind each answer. That helped me so much because I am an audio learner. This program is awesome!

I’ve taken this exam a total of three times. For both my first and second attempt (2018) I missed the passing score by two points. I was devastated and had used a total of three different programs to prep for the exam. Back then, I was only given two attempts for the exam instead of three, so I decided to take a break and think on things. I recently decided to study up again and apply to take the exam. I’m happy to say that with the help of the Therapist Development Center (TDC), I was able to pass! I feel a huge weight has been lifted off me and I can finally have this out of the way!

What was different about this time?

The way TDC is set up with the study guides and audio lectures was just what I needed. It was two ways of studying I did not have before. Both the written and verbal rationales provided allowed me to put Amanda and Asya (lectures) in my head while I was taking the test and made question stems and scenarios easier to understand.

How the materials are presented was a huge factor as well. Completed each step in the process made me feel like I was progressing. It was not a scenario where I was thrown a bunch of material and left to my own devices.

TDC was the only program I used to prepare for this exam and I’m happy I did. I felt the program was accurately aligned with what is presented on the test.

I want to thank Asya for the great pep talk and tutor session and the amazing team that put this program together. You’ve helped me overcome a huge barrier and I am forever grateful.

Thank you!


Thank you TDC! I walked into the exam feeling confident and prepared. I felt that the questions on TDC were much challenging then on the actual exam. Although the TDC questions felt more challenging than the actual exam, TDC had a way of making their study system easy to understand. I loved the rationales and audios because they were short and to the point. Overall, I am very pleased that I decided to invest in TDC.

TDC was well worth the investment and helped me pass my exam the first time around! The program truly teaches you the information rather than having you simply memorize terms, and works to help you manage your anxiety and know that you are ready to pass the exam. The test was very difficult and I honestly did not feel confident that I passed when I left the exam, but my score showed differently and I was able to pass with a much higher score than I needed! Thank you so much TDC - couldn't have done it without you!!

This was my fourth time sitting for the MFT exam. I was feeling so defeated and was so avoidant to purchase the TDC online course because I did not want to put any more money into this exam than I already had so far. I decided to purchase it because I had heard from two people from my graduate school cohort who said they passed after utilizing this study program, AND it was also their second or third time sitting for the exam. So I knew this could be my time. After purchasing the program, the first day I sat down to follow the steps they had suggested and I felt rejuvenated, motivated and refreshed to see that they help you every single step of the way. This study program made me feel so confident and actually excited to sit for the exam. I never thought I would utter those words to feel "excited" about taking an exam. During the exam, I referred back to the TDC countless times. It was crucial in my test preparation and I am so happy and proud to share that I passed my exam. I didn't just pass, I passed with flying colors! I highly recommend this to anybody whether it is your very first time sitting for the exam or your fourth time (like myself!), or your tenth time!! Well worth the money. Thanks to TDC, I am able to celebrate my success of passing this exam and being one step closer to becoming an LMFT. If this is your first time considering purchasing this program, make your first time the charm, not your fourth!