在谈到“Describe a hobby you have”这一话题时，一位考生是这样开场的：
Today I am going to talk about collecting postcards—a hobby that is both fascinating and financially rewarding. I would like to explain the basic kinds of collectible postcards, why they are so valuable, and how collectors buy and sell their cards.
It’s Saturday morning, and you are helping clean out your grandmother’s house. After working a while, you stumble upon a trunk, open it, and discover hundreds of old postcards. Thinking about getting to your driving lesson on time, you start tossing the cards into the trash can. Congratulations! You have just thrown away a year’s tuition.
在谈到“Describe a traffic jam you had experienced before”这一话题时，一位考生的开场白值得大家借鉴：
Traffic jams are more than a nuisance. They are a world wide economic problem. In Guangzhou alone, they cost 12 million yuan each year. In major U.S. cities, they are responsible for more than 21 billion liters of wasted fuel and 68 billion dollars in lost productivity. Traffic jams will soon cost the British economy more than 20 billion pounds sterling a year.
有时，令人惊讶的事实能够马上提高我们的兴趣。如以下一位考生的开场白，他在描述“an outdoor activity”前，先介绍了疾病的可怕：
As I speak today, there is a silent killer hiding near here. Who is this silent killer? Not a robber. Not a thief. Not a criminal. It is high blood pressure.
在描述“hobby”这个话题时，比起说“Today, I’m going to talk about Xiangqi.”，不如试试以下一位考生的开场白，他很好地运用技巧，引起了考官的好奇心：
Every day, fierce battles take place in public parks throughout China. Generals move their soldiers against the enemy. Horses, chariots, cannons, even elephants are used in the pursuit of victory. No quarter is given when the losing general is captured. And yet, no lives are lost. No nations are conquered. The battles are fought on chessboards, and they reflect the Chinese people’s love of Xiangqi.