Using a sample statement as a guide _ You can use a sample personal statement in different ways, although the primarily goal in using a sample would be for you to be able to write a compelling and interesting personal statement. One way is to create your own outline to organize your thoughts and your story better. You can also make use of sample excerpts when writing a strong and interesting introduction to your essay.
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.