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The dip stick enters the oil at a fairly sharp angle, so it would be impossible for both sides of the stick to have different levels.
The dipstick in my V6 has a 1/4 twist at the tip, which helps to keep the stick centered in the tube and prevents the measurement area from rubbing on the tube and wiping off the oil. If your dipstick doesn't have the twist, you might try inserting it into the tube at 90 degrees to what you usually do. You will find it harder to push it into the tube, but it should prevent rubbing off the oil.
Finally, you might try to rough up the end of the dipstick with a little sandpaper. The shiny new oil might be easier to see if the background is not also shiny.
Rick L Ontario Canada
2008 Silver RAV4 Limited V6 4WD