Here are solutions for section 2 of the second practice test in The Official SAT Study Guide, second edition, found on pages 452–457. The following solutions demonstrate faster, more informal methods that might work better for you on a fast-paced test such as the SAT. To learn more about these methods, see my e-book Succeeding in SAT Math or the SAT math tips page.
Solution 2:
From sentence 2, substitute x − 1 for 2y in sentence 1:
Now, take the square root of both sides of the equation. Important: Don't forget about the negative square root, or else the equation will have no solution.
This was a complex question, so if you have time it's a good idea to check your work. From sentence 2: