Given a topic-by-run score matrix from past data, topic set size design methods can help test collection builders determine the number of topics to create for a new test collection from a statistical viewpoint. In this study, we apply a recently-proposed score standardisation method called std-AB to score matrices before applying topic set size design, and demonstrate its advantages. For topic set size design, std-AB suppresses score variances and thereby enables test collection builders to consider realistic choices of topic set sizes, and to handle unnormalised measures in the same way as normalised measures. In addition, even discrete measures that clearly violate normality assumptions look more continuous after applying std-AB, which may make them more suitable for statistically motivated topic set size design. Our experiments cover a variety of tasks and evaluation measures from NTCIR-12.