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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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.

This curriculum did a great job at preparing me for the test. I usually suffer from severe test anxiety but with this curriculum I was extremely confident walking into the test and did not worry at all.

Hooray I finally passed my MFT licensing exam. This was my fourth time taking it, and TDC made it happen. I found this program way better than other programs I have tried in the past.

I am an anxious test taker and knew I would need a good study program. TDC was super helpful in providing study strategies. My coach Asya, was super helpful, and gave me some great strategies to, ease my anxiety and gave me the confidence needed to pass my exam. I enjoyed the study material and it prepared me for the real exam. Thank you, TDC

I’m almost embarrassed to say that with my first few tries at the exam I did not utilize this course to the fullest extent. I was so busy at the time working, being a single parent and navigating survivorship of early stage breast cancer. Now 3 years later and over 5 years (and counting!!) cancer free, once my permit expired I had to sh-t or get off the pot. I saved money, quit my job and committed to this program fully. I studied overnight from 230am- 530am. I engaged Asya as my coach. She was patient, honest and always provided a substantial reply to my emails, about my process and the content. I’d also recommend investing in a 1-1 coaching session. That gave me the extra edge I needed to adjust my thinking strategies. I am so thankful for this course. I think I’m most thankful for sticking with me until I received a passing score- invaluable! I also strongly feel that so much info is provided that it has done much more than help me pass my exam. It has helped in my daily practice as a clinician. I hope to advocate on the behalves of others about how difficult this exam is. It seems almost punitive. It’s good to know that TDC is here in the meantime. Thank you!!

TDC is all encompassing. It starts from the beginning of how to study, how to breakdown the questions of the exam and what up to date knowledge you need to best prepare for the exam. The coaches are MFT's so they understand our brains and how we think. They have ever changing paths to help. Although I failed twice while studying with TDC, they were right there with me to help me get back up and take it again, I passed the third time. The first two times were no fault of TDC, though, it was my own anxiety and partial laziness that got in the way of my success.

Prior to investing in the TDC program I failed the California Law and Ethics exam twice. I have really bad test anxiety and anytime I've ever used the TDC study program, I passed. I've used other study programs because I was reluctant to spend money but I ended up spending the money anyway because I did not pass with the other study program. TDC is the most organized, comprehensive and practical study program you are going to find and worth every penny. Asya and Amanda are by far the best when it comes to coaching, test preparation and anxiety management. I found TDC's audio (i.e. rationales, study prep/ calendar, 48 hour pep talk, etc.), quizzes, mock exams and study coaches helpful and effective. I recently passed the National MFT exam on the first try receiving a score of 82 out of 99. Asya was with me every step of the way and I am so grateful. One of the best investments I've made into to my professional career thus far. I have now passed the California Law and Ethics Exam, California Clinical MFT exam and National MFT exam. Thank you TDC!

Well worth the money and time! I passed first try after using this program!

Very helpful program. TDC makes you feel confident going through each step and helped me feel like I was building on to my knowledge. The quizzes were very helpful and the audio was always on while I was walking, driving or sitting down and focusing on the material. Highly recommend this program!

I graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Worked for a year in a clinic and then was given a dance studio. I took the exam 2 weeks after I found out about the studio and failed. I worked full time at the studio for 5 years only to do therapy part-time for the last two. Due to COVID, I knew I wanted to change that and do therapy full time. I started by taking the exam again. I have really bad test anxiety and I'm dyslexic. I truly did not believe I could pass the exam because of the dyslexic and not being in the field as much as others. I can say I would not have passed the exam without this program. I ordered books from other programs and nothing compared to this. You are truly taught to pass the exam in a way that is not intimidating. I am beyond grateful for this program and highly recommend it for anyone with learning disabilities. Thank you!

TDC helped me pass my exam on my first try. It was my only study tool. Practice exams were so helpful so practice sitting for an long form exam. Really great!!!! Thank you!!!