The Next Chapter: Exam Restructure; Featuring BBS Info And Answers

The road to licensure is a long and windy road! Well, it just took another turn. We are now entering new territory and it’s called the 2016 EXAM RESTRUCTURE!!  With new exams, new format and time frames. HERE WE GO…  Get your seatbelts on and get ready for the ride!

I have collected information, links and answers from well thought out questions about the restructure and many other facets linked to the unknown factors of this new year of exam issues, some we won’t know until we stumble upon them and some we will have knowledge of.

I have compiled questions from the MFTG community and attended BBS Meetings to gather direct and useful information for us to move forward.  I will do my best to express facts and information that I have received directly from the executives of the BBS.

Helpful links:

(Over-all link for exam restructuring)

(This video is for Non-Registrant’s Guide to the BBS Exam Restructure)

(This video is for a Registrant’s Guide to the BBS Exam Restructure)

(This video is for Subsequent Registrants- 2nd or 3rd intern or associate registration #)

(This link is Exam Restructure FAQs for Registrants: ASW, s. MFT Interns and PCC Interns ONLY)

(This link is info for LMFT Exam Candidates)

(This link outlines the new Law & Ethics Exam)


The New Replacing The Old

  • Law & Ethics Exam (2 hours, 75 multiple choice) is replacing the SWE
  • CA Clinical Exam (CCE) 4 hours, 200 multiple choice) is replacing the CVE
  • Both will have 25 experimental questions that will not count.

Q & A Section Regarding The Exam Restructuring from the BBS

1.Question: Why is there a long wait period to get results with the new exams if taking them in the beginning of the new cycle?

Answer:  “The factor that determines the length of the evaluation period is the number of candidate tests.  Once we receive a sufficient number of tests and can confirm the exam’s performance, we will authorize the release of the scores onsite. Unfortunately, given the variance in number of examination candidates who take the test during a release period, we cannot give an estimated date of when the scores will be released onsite.” “ Our Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) will monitor the test results to ensure that the exam is performing appropriately. Once they are assured it is working appropriately, they will mail out the scores. The wait time is dependent upon the amount of exams that are taken during this period. OPES has a certain amount of statistical points that have to be met and those would most likely be met sooner if there are more examinees.”

2.Question: Will the wait time for results occur in the beginning of each new testing cycle.    I.e.” beginning of L&E every 90 days and beginning of CCE (CA Clinical Exam) every 120 days?

Answer: ”Yes, there will be a wait time in the evaluation period of the new exam release for each cycle.”

3.Question: If once you pass the Law & Ethics Exam, are you required to take it every year at the renewal period of their intern number?

Answer: “NO, once you pass the Law & Ethics Exam you will not be required to retake this exam, even if you need a second registration.”

4.Question: While the evaluation period is in effect of the new exams, if you don’t pass, do you wait the 90 days (L&E) or the 120 days (CCE) from the date of the exam or date of when you get results?

Answer: “The wait time begins from the date of the last exam.”

5. Question: Do you have a passing score on either the L&E or CCE exams yet?

Answer: “No, not yet.”

6. Question: If people had Special Accommodations for the former exams will they have it for the new exams?

Answer: “Yes. If you already have SA then it will roll over to the new exams.”

7.Question: What is the protocol on how the BBS determines the scores?

Answer: “None of the exams will have a consistent percentage requirement for passing. The recommended means of setting passing scores for licensure examinations is to use a criterion-reference methodology, which we do. This method takes into account the difficulty of items included on each exam form in relation to the concept of minimum competence. Therefore, the passing percentage may vary from administration to administration.”

Stay Tuned For More As We dive Into The New Year!!

This is what we know so far and as we walk down the yellow brick road towards licensure…we take one step at a time!


Wendy Vitalich, M.A. MFTI

Miranda Palmer

I have successfully built a cash pay psychotherapy practice from scratch on a shoestring budget. I have also failed a licensed exam by 1 point (only to have the licensing board send me a later months later saying I passed), started an online study group to ease my own isolation and have now reached thousands of therapists across the country, helped other therapists market their psychotherapy practices, and helped awesome business owners move from close to closing their doors, to being profitable in less than 6 weeks. I've failed at launching online programs. I've had wild success at launching online programs. I've made mistakes in private practice I've taught others how to avoid my mistakes. You can do this. You were called to this work. Now- go do it! Find some help or inspiration as you need it- but do the work!