Students entering the Marital Family Therapy (MFT) Program are
expected to bring a foundational knowledge of psychology. Proficiency in this foundational
knowledge will be confirmed through a “Readiness Exam,” required of all incoming
counseling students. If deficiencies are indicated, remedial work will be required. MFT
students may satisfy these deficiencies in one of the following two ways: Complete appropriate
undergraduate course(s) at an approved institution, or complete a self-guided instructional
program provided through the Department of Marital and Family Therapy of Western Seminary.
The Readiness Exam (and any subsequent remedial
work) must be completed before the Director’s Interview is granted. It is
recommended that you take the exam as early as possible in the event that you would need
to complete any remedial work. Contact Dan
Jackowitz, the MFT Administrative Coordinator, for assistance.
The Readiness Exam consists of 115 multiple-choice
questions. Contact Dan Jackowitz, the MFT
Administrative Coordinator, for assistance.
The exam covers five areas:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Historical Foundations & Considerations
- Human Growth and Development
- Personality and Counseling Theory
- Research and Evaluation
Each sub-section of the exam will be scored separately. A 50% score
on each section will be necessary for a passing score. Scores of 49% or less on a particular
sub-section will indicate a need for remedial work in that subject matter. For example,
if a student receives scores of 50% or better on all subsections except Human Development,
where he or she receives a 40%, that student would then complete the remedial work in Human
Development only, not all 5 sub-sections.
The following checklist will guide you through the readiness
- Complete all five sections of the exam.
- After completing each
section of the exam, write your scores and
return them to the MFT Administrative Coordinator.
you do not pass one or more sections, follow the “Remedial Work” instructions.
Remedial Work Instructions
- Check out the necessary remedial items on reserve in the library or available
through the links below (See materials list
- After completing the remedial work
re-take the subsection(s).
- Write your passing score and bring the score sheet
to the MFT Administrative Coordinator.
Suggested Study Materials
The following courses are recommended study materials for the Counseling Readiness Exam
- Davison, Gerald C., Neale, John M, (1994). Abnormal
New York : John Wiley and Sons.
- Zimbardo, Philip
G., (1992). Psychology and Life. New York. New
York: Harper Collins.
Personality and Counseling Theory
Research and Evaluation
Human Growth and Development
Historical Foundations and Considerations
Please contact Dan Jackowitz for more information
about the Marital and Family Therapy Readiness Exams.