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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Course Reviews

I was recommended TDC by a couple of people who had graduated from the cohort before mine. There words went something like "this system really prepared us in a way that our program didn't". I was going to be a first time exam taker, and from everything that everyone says about how hard the test was going to be, I was extremely anxious to start studying for it. I did not know where to start, or even what exactly I should focus on that would get me prepared enough to pass. I took the word of my colleagues and decided to pay for the TDC system. I must say that this study system prepared me in a way that I could not have done on my own. It organized the material in a way that I could focus on what was most important to know for the exam, and not spend my time on certain aspects that would not matter in the long run. The best thing that TDC taught me were the strategies for thinking through test questions and how to outsmart the test format. I must say that the TDC study system made the test feel like the breeze. I passed with a 168/200, all because of TDC.

TDC prepared me by strengthening my testing skills and by showing me my weaknesses and strengths, specifically when it comes to this exam. Most importantly, TDC educated me on what the test will be on and the goal of the test makers. This gave me the knowledge I needed to know and the wisdom of when to apply it. Specifically, I would like to thank Asya for answering my countless questions and concerns for the past few weeks! Thank you. It clearly helped!

This study course was an excellent resource! I do not feel I would have been able to pass the exam on my first try if I was left to my own devices to determine what and how to study. This study course allowed me to stay organized, practice strategies learned, and still have a life while feeling very prepared by the time of my exam. I passed with an 86% which shocked me! Thank you so much for developing this study course.

After using TDC to pass the California Law and Ethics test and the Clinical exam (CCE), I came back to help me prep for the AMFTRB. Once again, TDC was all I needed to pass on my first attempt. There were quite a few areas where this test did not overlap with my CCE prep and I was grateful for TDC covering a larger scope.

After having taken the test two times prior and barely missing a passing score by a few points, I felt defeated. Taking this course provided me with helpful test taking strategies and helped to build my confidence in my own abilities.

I've passed both California MFT exams (clinical and legal/ethics) using the Therapist Development Center study system, and I just passed the AAMFT National Exam using the same. I highly, highly recommend this study prep program if you have test anxiety and tend to overthink answers. I felt well prepared, confident, and had a great strategy for thinking about the test on test day. Thank you!

I tried another exam prep, but found that I was inundated with material. TDC taught me how to study and that was more important than knowing what to study.

I was so anxious about taking the MFT National exam because I often get test anxiety and can easily feel overwhelmed when there is no clear direction or expectation of how to prepare. The TDC program made a seemingly insurmountable task very doable! The clear guidelines, the study timeline, the efficiency of the practice exams, and most importantly, Amanda's help in talking through answers allowed me to get unstuck and begin to think proactively when it came to how to approach the test. I work full-time and was still able to study on a regular basis and feel proud of how well prepared I was. I'm proud to share that I passed on the first time and don't have to take that test again in the foreseeable future! Thank you so much!!

I passed!!! Thank you TDC for creating such a great MFT study program! Asya, your encouragement was just what I needed and Amanda... I totally heard you in my thoughts talking me through the answers.

With gratitude,

Lina Coleman, LMFT (Yay!!!!)

I have taken this test several times and studied several different methods. My father in law purchased this study program for me. I was hesitant at first because I have taken this test several times. I love this program and it was very helpful for me. I passed this test 9 points above the test score. Thank you so much for creating this program and helping me pass my Licensure test. I will be spreading the word to all my friends needing to taking the test! Thank you.

When i got approved to sit for my MFT exam back in December i was very excited because the process had taken me a while. Soon after I became overwhelmed by the idea of a Standardized test, how much content i had to cover and the fact that i had been out of Grad school for about 8 years! So, i kept putting off the exam, but in the process stumbled (divine intervention in my view) on TDC website back in May.

The program's material and overall structure helped organize me because organization is not a strength i naturally possess. I followed Amanda's advise of not letting preparing for the exam consume you to the extent you do not enjoy your life (best advice!). The rationales provided in the mock exams and the advice of generally how to think when taking the exam was also very helpful. Lastly, I was not really inclined to consistent exercise, but I followed Amanda's advice and did that too.

I finally sat for my MFT exam last month and just heard from the board yesterday, I PASSED! on my first attempt!

Thank you so much Amanda and coaching team, i know i could not have done it without you!

I found TDC to be concise, well organized, easy to navigate, and incredibly helpful in my studying process. I very much appreciated the tips and strategies along the way. I studied around the same time each day and ate the same snacks throughout my studying, as well as while taking the practice exams. One thing I would like to note (in case you are not already aware), is that I was not allowed to bring food or drinks into the exam center at all. I was not allowed to have them in the lobby of the building either. I took the exam in North Carolina and am unsure if this is a statewide rule or was more specific to the exam site I was at. I read through all of their rules ahead of time and was not clear on that, prior to going in for the exam. I have to say it threw me a little bit as I was not used to focusing that long without the break and the sugars! I was able to complete the exam and thankfully I passed, but I just wanted you to be aware, possibly for future recordings, so that others will know that the snacks are not always going to be an option during the exam. I was also less prepared for that due to previously having taken the California MFT exams and being allowed snack breaks during both of those. You may already know something I don’t about this but again, just wanted to let you know my experience with it. Thank you for creating such a wonderful study system!!

Even with a death in my family which meant I had to fly to Taipei in week 4 and then getting sick in week 5 (5 days before the exam) I managed to pass on my first try. TDC made it possible for me make it through some major challenges since it provided me with a clear plan of study. The tips for how to study and how to take the exam were really helpful. Having access to a coach was also super helpful! when I started to panic 48 hours before the exam... It is true that while I was writing the exam I had no idea whether I was passing and I wasn't feeling particularly optimistic after the exam. But I passed by 23 points! Thanks so much TDC!

Worth every penny and every hour I invested! This exceptional course gave me the tools and the courage to succeed on my first attempt with the dreaded MFT exam. The materials and the study approach are excellent. Amanda's lectures were accessible, easy to listen to and absorb. In fact, I actually heard her voice in my head as I took the actual exam. She guided my way. I also appreciated the opportunity to ask a few questions via email when I needed some additional clarification on a topic or with a mock test question. you. I'm grateful I found you TDC.