The landscape of licensure exams for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) in California is set to undergo a significant change. If you're preparing for the California MFT Clinical Examination, it's crucial to stay informed and adjust your preparation strategy accordingly. This comprehensive overview will guide you through the key updates, important dates, preparation resources, and frequently asked questions.

Key Changes to the California MFT Clinical Exam

Reduction in Questions:

Current Format: 170 questions (150 scored and 20 pretest questions)
New Format (Effective September 1, 2024): 150 questions (125 scored and 25 pretest questions)
The total exam time will remain 240 minutes. This reduction in the number of questions means that each question will carry slightly more weight, and there will be more pretest questions, which do not count towards your score but help in future test development.

Transition to the AMFTRB National MFT Exam:

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has voted to move forward with adopting the AMFTRB National MFT Exam, pending resolution of several key issues.
This transition aims to align California's standards with national practices, enhance license portability, and address several administrative and logistical concerns.

Important Dates
September 1, 2024: Implementation of the new LMFT Clinical Exam format with 150 questions.
Ongoing: Collaboration and planning for the transition to the AMFTRB National MFT Exam. Specific dates for this transition will be announced as they are finalized.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Why is the LMFT Clinical Exam format changing? A: The format change aims to streamline the exam and improve its relevance and reliability. By increasing the number of pretest questions, the BBS can better evaluate and update exam content.

Q: How should I adjust my study plan for the new exam format? A: Focus on quality over quantity. With fewer scored questions, each one is more impactful. Ensure you understand key concepts thoroughly and practice with the new question distribution in mind.

Q: What is the AMFTRB National MFT Exam, and how does it differ from the current California LMFT Exam? A: The AMFTRB National MFT Exam tests broad competencies related to MFT practice across the United States, whereas the California LMFT Exam focuses on state-specific competencies. The upcoming BBS Role Delineation/Job Task Analysis Study aims to align these exams more closely.

Q: When will the AMFTRB National MFT Exam be implemented in California? A: The transition is in progress, with no exact implementation date yet. The BBS is working on resolving outstanding issues to ensure a smooth transition. Stay updated through BBS announcements.

Q: Will the exam be more difficult with these changes? A: The difficulty level is intended to remain consistent, but the format changes mean that your preparation needs to adapt. Focus on comprehensive understanding and application of concepts rather than memorization.

Q: How can I ensure I’m ready for these changes? A: Utilize updated study materials, participate in relevant prep courses, and stay informed about the latest updates from the BBS. Engaging with a community of fellow candidates can also provide support and resources.

Staying informed and prepared is key to navigating these changes successfully. By understanding the new exam format and leveraging the right resources, you can approach the MFT Clinical Examination with confidence and clarity.


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