Frequently Asked Questions

We are frequently asked by candidates about the format of the licensing/certification examinations for mental health practitioners and the most effective way of passing the exam. With 40 years of experience in preparing candidates, we encourage you to contact our friendly staff of exam experts to help you navigate this challenging and sometimes confusing path to licensure and certification. If you would like advice or need guidance on what fits your needs, please call our sales department for easy ordering with a helpful agent at (800) 472-1931.

About the California MFT Exam

This exam is administered by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The AATBS MFT program covers the same range of topics that appear on the licensing examination and provides practice exam questions that parallel the structure and content of the California MFT Exams.

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AATBS provides a Package Protection Guarantee and a Pass Guarantee to customers who purchase an MFT Package directly from AATBS. 

Law & Ethics Exam Questions

AATBS has been successfully preparing candidates for licensure for 40 years. We have many tools to assist you in your preparation. They include:

  • Comprehensive Study Volumes
  • Online practice exams with rationales for each question
  • Live workshops: Exam Preparation; Exam Strategies and Content Review; Small Group Coaching
  • Color-coded flashcards
  • Educational consultation

Clinical Exam Questions

The California Clinical Exam consists of 170 multiple choice questions and is comprised of items similar to those that were included on the previous Standard Written and Clinical Vignette exam.

According to the BBS website, the California Clinical Exam is "designed to evaluate candidate knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following content areas: crisis management, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, treatment, and law and ethics."

Candidates are given 4 hours to complete the exam.

The California Clinical Exam is administered electronically, which means that you will be taking the exam on a computer.

You should review the practice exams throughout the study process, from the beginning stages until just before the actual exam. The practice exams will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, refine your understanding of the topics, and enhance your test-taking skills. We strongly encourage participants to study all of the questions in the practice exams multiple times because they are the most exam-specific information in the study materials.

The best way to develop your test-taking skills is to review as many practice questions as possible in our study materials. We provide a detailed explanation following each question, which will help you to learn from your mistakes. In addition, we provide specific test-taking strategies for analyzing the most difficult questions such as translating the wording into simpler language, eliminating poor choices, identifying trick questions, and so on.

AATBS has been successfully preparing candidates for licensure for over 30 years. We have many tools to assist you in your preparation. They include:

  • Content volumes cover all exam domains
  • Online practice exams with rationales for each question
  • Live workshops: Site-based or Online
  • Flashcards: Printed or Online
  • DSM-5 Study Tools
  • Theories of Psychotherapy Chart
  • Educational consultation

The most important reason to attend our workshop is simply because it will increase your test-taking performance and ability to pass the California Clinical Exam. Our instructors have many years of experience in teaching candidates to pass the exam.

AATBS has been the most successful provider of licensing preparation programs in the mental health field due to the quality and variety of study resources that our staff of experts—researchers, writers, instructors, and consultants—have created to assist you in your preparation. This cannot be matched by any of our competitors, which means we can tailor an individualized study program to meet your particular needs.

Feel free to call AATBS at (800) 472-1931 with any questions. A customer service representative or educational consultant will be available to help you.


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