How To Write An Excellent Story In WAEC


Do you also hate letter writing and would prefer to write a story in WAEC English Essay Paper?

In this lesson…

You will see and learn the step-by-step method for writing an excellent story in WAEC that will boost your score in English Essay score this year.

ALSO SEE: How To Pass WAEC English Theory Paper

Take note.

Based on WAEC standard, there (4) features of a excellent story:

  1. Title
  2. Introduction
  3. Body
  4. Conclusion

Steps for writing a story in WAEC


Let’s go through each of the above features one after the other.

1. Use a relevant title

Your story title is the first thing that the WAEC examiner will see and read about your story.

Start your story in WAEC with a title that is relevant to the question and you’d be pleasing the examiner to scoring you high.

How to write a relevant story title in WAEC

Remember the golden rule is to make your WAEC story title relevant to the question.

But how can you do that?

1ST METHOD: convert the proverb or idiom in the question to your story title.

Write a story that illustrates the saying: It pays to be disciplined.


2ND METHOD: when a plain statement is made with no proverb or idiom, convert that statement to your story title.

EXAMPLE (2): Write a story that ends with: “…and I have had to live with this stigma for the rest of my life.”



  • Write your WAEC story title in CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • Do not underline.
  • Position your title in the centre.
  • No comma.
  • No full stop

2. Introduce your story

After writing your relevant story title, the next step is to write a captivating introduction to your story in WAEC.

A captivating introduction will make the examiner more interested in reading your full story and of course, awarding you your full mark.

How to write the introduction to your story in WAEC

1ST METHOD — The Simple Intro

Use any of the popular story starters or just state the exact date that your story happened.

  • Example 1: Once upon a time.
  • Example 2: A long time ago.
  • Example 3: It happened in the midnight of April 20th,

2ND METHOD — The Advanced Intro

Explain a proverb that is related to the story or tell a little about one of the characters in your story.


Man, by nature, is insatiable. The Oliver Twist in us will always want more, and when this desire meets indiscipline, the consequences can be detrimental.


If you are not too good in English, just start your story with any of the simple introductions.

Both will get you the same mark as long as you punctuate appropriately.

3. Organize the body

Third step is the body of your story which will contain the full gist of the events that happened in your story.

And there is a WAEC standard for the arrangement of all the events in your story.

The Beginning — use this part to tell the examiner how the story started.

  • When did your story happen?
  • Where did your story happen?
  • Who are the characters in your story?
  • Which event(s) led to your story?

The climax — use this part to tell the examiner the most significant thing that happened in your story. 

  • “most shocking”
  • “most exciting”
  • “most interesting”
  • “most horrifying”
  • “most pleasant”

The end — use this part to tell the examiner how your story ended.

After the climax, what happened next?

  • Was there a reward?
  • Was there a punishment?
  • Who received the reward or punishment?

4. Conclude your story

The last step is to round up your story in WAEC with a simple format.

Round up by stating the proverb, quote or expression in the question again.

How simple?

Just restate the proverb, idiom or sentence given in the question.



(Body) (Beginning)

(Body) (Climax)

(Body) (End)

It was not until after that incident, I then realized that it pays to be disciplined.


  • Punctuate appropriately.
  • Do not abbreviate.
  • 1-2 paragraphs for your introduction.
  • 3-4 paragraphs for the body.
  • 1 paragraph for your conclusion.
  • Remove unnecessary words.


Do you have something to ask on these steps for writing a story in WAEC? Comment below and a staff or fellow Topper will reply you.

  1. John gift says

    Hi I’m in jss 1 asked to write a composition topy:it is better to be late to becoming a late please help me out with it I don’t understand it

    1. Toppers Staff says

      Hi, John.

      Dead people are also called LATE.

      So “it is better to be late than to become late” means that it is better to arrive late than to die while in a hurry.

      Narrate a story about someone who was in a hurry to arrive early to an event but because of that “haste” they drove too fast and had a fatal accident.

  2. Miracle Epelle says

    What of u didn’t use capital letters for the title of the story

    1. Toppers Staff says

      Hi, Miracle.

      Please do.

  3. Emedo favour says

    Please how do I organize my narrative essay

    1. Sam Onuegbu says

      Hi, Emedo.
      Your Narrative Essay should be organized thus;


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