The use of alternatively sized piano keyboards for music examinations should be accepted without question, given the acceptance of different sizes in many other musical instruments. Choice of keyboard size will help to 'level the playing field' for pianists with smaller hand spans. Currently, pianists with larger hand spans have a clear advantage.
In August 2012, the New South Wales branch of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) stated that they had no objection in principle to the use of piano keyboards of different sizes for examinations. Although not currently available in exam headquarters, teachers who hold exams in their own studios are free to use them.