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On SAT Practice Test 8, I got marked incorrect on Question 7 of the Math No-Calculator section.

On SAT Practice Test 8, I got marked incorrect on Question 7 of the Math No-Calculator section. This is because I said -1 is a valid solution when it isn’t supposed to be. However, if you plug in -1 into the original equation, and say that the square root of 4 is -2, the solution remains true.

So my question is, on the SAT, are you only ever supposed to use the principle square root of numbers? Saying that the square root of 4 = -2 is what rendered my answer incorrect.