B. Consult the opinions of your advisor/mentor/colleagues _ Allow someone to read through your essay. Ask for their opinions and keep these in mind. Do not forget that you can still revise your essay even up to your targeted day of submission.
The personal statement is also a great place to explain more serious problems, like less_than_ideal grades or test scores. Don't be afraid to write something like, "I don't test well" in the statement. As long as you can provide a good reason for you app's problems, it's okay to address them directly. You won't be able to hide it from admissions officers anyway, so providing a reason for problems is always preferable to ignoring them.