Tips for Taking the MFT Licensing Exam
Passing the MFT National Exam can be a daunting task on your way to becoming a fully licensed MFT. Here are some helpful bullet items to consider as you prepare yourself to sit for the exam.
- Read the entire official AMFTRB Handbook for Candidates: https://ptcny.com/pdf/AMFTRB2020.pdf
- Create a study schedule which includes identified content as well as a timeline.
- Invite your supervisor to include preparing for the MFT exam as part of your ongoing supervision.
- Talk with other MFT Associates or licensed MFTs who have taken the exam recently. They cannot reveal content included in the exam, but they can share their insights, recommendations, and experiences.
- Obtain a study guide specifically created to help you pass the MFT National Exam.
- Locate your approval code in the email Utah DOPL sent when you were issued your Associate MFT license. You will need it to register for the exam.
- Ask for specific accommodations if necessary prior to showing up for your testing appointment.
- Take the AMFTRB practice exam. Although this exam costs money and is composed of retired MFT exam questions, it’s the closest experience you will have to the actual MFT exam.
- Consider working with a study group. You will benefit from and contribute to others’ preparation as a group member.
- Practice managing and reducing your anxiety in testing or stressful situations.
- Embrace delayed gratification. It may take up to 30 days to receive your results.
- Have a plan to celebrate your success when you pass the exam!
- Using the registration windows, result distribution time frame, and testing administration dates, determine a course of action if you do not pass the exam.
- Learn how to flag questions on the exam, and how you can use this as a test-taking tactic to increase the likelihood of passing the exam.
- Do the math for how much time you have on each question (number of minutes to take the exam divided by the number of questions on the exam). Time management is critical.
- The exam will include both theoretical and application based questions. Taking the exam right out of your masters program might help you with the theoretical questions; however, you may not have the experience necessary to correctly answer the application based questions. On the other hand, taking the exam a month before your Associate license expires may give you time to gain experience, but may require you to request an extension from the MFT DOPL board. Determine the best balance between study time, experience, and allowing a cushion to retake the exam multiple times prior to the expiration date of your Associate license.
Special thanks to Anthony T. Alonzo, DMFT, LMFT, CFLE, past UAMFT Board Member and Instructor for compiling this list.